Deputy Chief Justice urges the public not to publish evidence

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Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has appealed to the media and the public to allow the commission to do its work, and not publish the evidence of witnesses before it is presented.

Justice Zondo made the appeal when the commission resumed its public hearings in Parktown in Johannesburg on Monday.

Last week, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan‘s submission to the commission was leaked to the media ahead of his testimony on Thursday this week.

Zondo says an investigation is set to be conducted to establish those responsible for the leaks. “I urge the media and everyone to observe regulation 11/3 and desist from disseminating or publishing witness’s statements portions thereof before the witnesses have given evidence at the hearing of the commission, unless the chairperson’s written permission has been obtained. I therefore trust that in support of the work of the commission all media houses, journalists, commentators, analysts and the public at large will not act in breach of the regulations.”

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