The Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Justice Raymond Zondo, is expected to rule on Thursday on applications to cross examine witnesses.
Members of the Gupta family have claimed they’re willing to appear before the commission – but not in South Africa. They claim they could be arrested in South Africa.
Their lawyer, Mike Hellens, argued before the commission in Parktown, Johannesburg, last week that one of the Gupta brothers had a strong counter version to that of former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor – who claimed one of the brothers had offered her the post of Public Enterprises Minister.
Meanwhile, political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says former President Jacob Zuma’s comments on state capture is one of his ways of deflecting attention from himself.
On Wednesday while addressing Sasco members at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape, Zuma said the South African state has not been captured.
Mnguni says the State Capture Commission has thrown Zuma back into the spotlight.
“The battle of public opinion is going to continue, and I think we must expect to see former President Zuma posturing himself as a victim of this, and posturing himself as knowing better and others being misinformed… and under knowledgeable in terms of some of the things that people are talking about.”