Zondo dismisses Brown’s application to cross examine witnesses

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and former minister of public enterprises, Barbara Hogan, are expected to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture next month.

This after Chairperson of the Inquiry, Judge Raymond Zondo, dismissed the application by former public enterprises minister, Lynne Brown, to cross examine witnesses.

In earlier testimony, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said he was told by Ajay Gupta that the controversial family had worked closely with a number of people, including Brown and Brian Molefe.

In handing down judgment at the inquiry in Parktown, Johannesburg, Zondo said that Brown had failed to provide her version of events.

The Judge said Brown’s lawyer Simmy Lebala had not provided the same version of Jonas’ testimony as his client:

Lebala: Lynne Brown, listen to what she says in paragraph 12. The utterances implicate me at face value, they come across as an utterance as a third party. Let me just remind you chair that it doesn’t matter whether it is hearsay.

Zondo: How is that going to be in context to her version when there is no version?

Lebala: Chairperson, if you read paragraph 13 then we will deal with your concerns.

Zondo: Let’s say for argument’s sake – I am with you that she is implicated. But the question still stands, where is her version?

Chairperson Zondo says Ms Lynne Brown’s application is dismissed. She has not put up her version and “I am not at this stage prepared to grant her leave to cross examine. She is free to later on bring, or renew the application, if she is able to meet the requirements,” he added.