OVERVIEW: Legal counsel for Zuma, Gupta and others implicated in #StateCapture all present at inquiry

2018-08-20 15:00

The first day of the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture was marked by lengthy submissions and introductions, including by legal representatives of those implicated, with the first witness only expected in the stand on day two of proceedings.

WATCH LIVE: State capture commission of inquiry

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

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20 Aug 15:23



20 Aug 15:08

Ndleleni Willie Mathebula, chief procurement officer at Treasury, is the first witness expected on the stand at 10:00 tomorrow at the commission of inquiry.

20 Aug 15:01

Proceedings are adjourned for the day, to resume at 10:00 tomorrow morning. 

20 Aug 15:01

Norman wraps up, and Advocate Pretorius rises and says given the large number of documents that have yet to be presented, in addition to those already mentioned by Advocate Norman, they will have to devise a system for index pagination and keeping a proper and comprehensive record, together with an index. Zondo agrees. 

20 Aug 14:56

Norman says they are still in the process of paginating the (boxes of) documents in some of the other reports.

20 Aug 14:54

Norman rounding off her presentation of all the reports that will be referenced. Now discussing the best way forward with Zondo. 

20 Aug 14:46

Advocate Norman is still dealing with the specifics of some of the mentioned reports, now dealing with the Werksmans report on Transnet.

20 Aug 14:40

Norman brings up the final report by ENS Forensics on the investigation into the Vrede farm project, makes particular mention of the recommendations in the report, saying a full investigation should be conducted into this project.

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Norman says they also have the transcripts of interviews between the former public protector and Nhlanhla Nene, Julius Malema, Barbara Hogan, Vytjie Mentor, Jacob Zuma and Mcebisi Jonas. 

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Norman says there is also a final 60-page report on the Vrede farm, a Home Affairs report on the parliamentary inquiry into the naturalisation of the Guptas, and reports on Eskom and Denel. 

The "Unburdening" panel report by the SACC, which deals with the looting of state resources, is also mentioned. 

20 Aug 14:23

There are also reports that are marked private and confidential, says Norman, including from Werksmans, MNS and a report on Transnet locomotives.

20 Aug 14:21

Norman raises the Public Protector's report, says it is readily available online, and also brings up the report from the parliamentary inquiry that they will ask Zondo to accept. 

Norman brings up a slide of all the reports in their possession, which includes reports on the SABC, SAA, Transnet, Eskom, Denel, as well as the Public Protector.

20 Aug 14:18

Advocate Norman mentions reports that have been referred to the commission, says there are also research reports that will simply be mentioned. The report by the People's Tribunal will be the exception.

20 Aug 14:14

The legal teams of those who have been implicated, or could be implicated, have left the room, after it was agreed to allow witnesses to go ahead and testify even in their absence.

20 Aug 14:11

20 Aug 14:07

Advocate Vincent Maleka says the legal team will supply evidence bundles to the legal counsel of those implicated in the state capture allegations, by Wednesday. They will be allowed to sit in on testimony that further implicates their clients.

20 Aug 14:03

Proceedings have once again resumed after the lunch adjournment.

20 Aug 13:47


WATCH - POLOTIKI: The state capture inquiry so far 

20 Aug 12:51

Outside the commission venue.

20 Aug 12:50

The lunch adjournment has been called. Proceedings will resume at 14:00.

20 Aug 12:48

Last counsel to introduce himself, Henry Cowlie, on behalf of the former PA to former president Jacob Zuma, who has been implicated in the Vytjie Mentor allegations.

20 Aug 12:42

Next, Welcome Lusenga introduces himself, acting for the former minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, subject to confirmation of instruction. Says they never got any notice, nor are they asking, but given the allegations related to her portfolio, she might be implicated.

20 Aug 12:39

Sikhakhane says they have asked for documents to be made available to make "a meaningful participation in this process". Asks for more time, starting from today, because they got a 103-page document only on Friday. Reiterates that they do not want to cause delays, but need to know exactly what case to make.

20 Aug 12:36

Muzi Sikhakhane, SC, representing "President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma", introduces himself and his partners.

20 Aug 12:33

He is followed by Jaap Cilliers, SC, instructed to act on behalf of Mr Fana Hlongwane in this matter. "We align ourselves with the views expressed by Mr Hellens," says Cilliers.

20 Aug 12:31

Next up is Dawie Joubert, who confirms that he appears together with Hellens, appearing on behalf of Ajay Gupta in relation to the evidence that Mcebisi Jonas might give. "We are awaiting instructions on behalf of Mr Duduzane Zuma and Mr Rajesh Gupta, also in relation to the evidence of Mr Jonas. Hopefully early next week, we will get clarification on that."

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Zondo now invites all the legal representatives to introduce themselves and place themselves on record, in the order that they did so in chambers. 

First up is Michael Hellens, SC, on behalf of Ajay Gupta. Appearing in respect of Vytjie Mentor and Themba Maseko, but not in respect of Mcebisi Jonas. 

"I also represent with the same team, Mr Ajay Gupta, in respect of any other allegations that may be made..." 

20 Aug 12:19

Zondo and the legal teams are back from the adjournment, and Advocate Maleka is up next.

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20 Aug 12:03

A short (10-minute) adjournment is called so that all the various legal teams and representatives can meet with Zondo in chambers and introduce themselves, so as to avoid any confusion during commission proceedings.

20 Aug 12:01

Zuma, Guptas bring legal muscle on first day of state capture inquiry 

Legal representatives for various members of the Zuma and Gupta families were in strong attendance as the first day of the State Capture Commission of Inquiry got underway on Monday.

News24 observed attorney Rudi Krause of BDK Attorneys, who represents Duduzane Zuma and other Gupta associates in the ongoing Estina dairy farm matter.

Former president Jacob Zuma's legal "dream team" - advocates Mike Hellens SC, Dawie Joubert SC, Muzi Sikhakane SC and Thabani Masuku SC - were in attendance. 

Advocate Jaap Cilliers SC was seated with Zuma's representatives. He is representing businessman Fana Hlongwane.

Hellens and Joubert are criminal law experts, while Sikhakane and Masuku specialise in civil litigation, the Mail and Guardian reported.

Hellens is representing Ajay Gupta at the inquiry. 

20 Aug 12:00

Meanwhile, outside the venue. 

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Pretorius says one of the most important objectives of the commission is also to restore public trust and confidence in government, not just to uncover wrongdoing.

He wraps up his opening statement. 

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Gordhan, Nene, Jonas and Mentor will be called as witnesses. 

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Pretorius says the phenomenon of state capture is not unique to South Africa, and it has manifested in other countries with democracies in transition. They will call on expert witnesses to detail state capture in other emerging democracies. This is not to diminish the impact on SA, but to learn, says Pretorius. 

20 Aug 11:43

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