Zuma claimed that Rupert had made the comments to Mbalula.
Answering a question from a journalist in Cape Town, Mbalula says, “I have heard all those news when I was in London in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting… When the former President made all those comments at the Commission. So all I am doing is to observe. In terms of the commission, I have never been a person who has never been ready to appear before the commission if I am required to do so. So I will be (appear) if I am required to do so. So there is no issue. So to talk in parallel will not help that particular process.”