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Treasury official to testify at state capture probe

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Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo is also expected to make a decision on granting applications for leave to cross-examine.

The commission of inquiry looking into state capture continues in Parktown, Johannesburg on Monday, 10 September 2018, with Jan Gilliland from the National Treasury expected to take to the stand.

The commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, is looking into allegations of state capture, fraud and corruption within the public sector. Former President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane and the Gupta family are considered the central figures in the allegations.

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Gilliland’s appearance before the commission comes a month after his colleague, Willie Mathebula, gave his testimony and detailed the flaws within government’s tender system.

Last week, CEO of the Government Communication Information System (GCIS) Phumla Williams told the proceedings of how the Guptas influenced the government’s budget and also accused former communications minister Faith Muthambi of improperly interfering with GCIS’ operations. Williams spoke of how she was mistreated by Muthambi, including having her demoted from acting director-general to deputy director-general in 2016.

The former minister responded as follows, “I am seeking legal advice on these extremely one-sided evidence laced with half-truths and blatant lies that Ms. Williams presented to the Commission. A very different truth will emerge, and her lies and reactionary agenda will be finally exposed for all to see

The lawyer for the Gupta family also told the proceedings that his clients would not be available to testify on South African soil due their mistrust in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks.

Zondo is also expected to announce whether or not he will accept applications for leave to cross-examine.

“The legal team is in the process of identifying and/or consulting with other witnesses, who will be called to appear before the commission over the next few weeks,” the commission said.

Thabo Baloyi
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