AS IT HAPPENED | #StateCaptureInquiry hears intelligence-related testimony from Mo Shaik linked to activities of security officials

2019-11-25 13:00

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture continues with testimony from Rieaz Shaik and Gibson Njenje, after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo granted Tom Moyane leave to cross-examine Pravin Gordhan.


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Raymond Zondo chairs the state capture inquiry

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25 Nov 13:03

Shaik's testimony is paused for the lunch adjournment. Back at 14:00.

25 Nov 13:02

Shaik says the current organogram (2010-2019) has been "undermined".

25 Nov 12:57

Shaik is still taking Zondo and Pretorius through a number of detailed organograms related to structures of national intelligence.

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Shaik says following the conviction of his brother Schabir Shaik, on 2 June 2005, he resigned from the Department of Foreign Affairs to run his business, Nkobi Holdings.

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Shaik continues to explain the intelligence structures within the SA government.

25 Nov 11:44

Back from the adjournment, Advocate Pretorius continues leading Shaik's evidence, relating to his background in national intelligence.

25 Nov 11:22

Zondo calls for the short tea adjournment before Pretorius continues with his next line of questioning. Back at 11:35.

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Shaik is currently explaining in detail how the intelligence services (NIA and SSA) operated during his time within the department.

25 Nov 10:58

Shaik is currently outlining some of his background, and explains how he found out about his appointment - by then-intelligence (state security) minister Siyabonga Cwele - as head of the foreign branch of the SSA. Shaik says he and others were under the impression it was just a meeting they were attending, but those present at the meeting were briefed and then led out to a waiting press conference where the announcements were made.

25 Nov 10:50

Shaik tells Zondo that he left the country illegally to undergo intelligence training in the German Democratic Republic.

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Pretorius: "The witnesses who will testify today and tomorrow will deal with the activities of certain security officials, relevant to the terms of reference of the commission," with the first witness being Shaik, who is vastly experienced in intelligence matters.

Shaik is sworn in, and confirms the statement/affidavit before him, is indeed his.

25 Nov 10:34

Proceedings resume after a short adjournment, with testimony from Rieaz "Mo" Shaik expected next.

Advocate Paul Pretorius first addresses Zondo on some procedural issues before Shaik is sworn in.

25 Nov 10:21

JUST IN: Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo grants former SARS boss Tom Moyane leave to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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Zuma was angry after his name was used to facilitate Gupta landing, Zondo inquiry hears 

Former president Jacob Zuma was fully aware of the role played by former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane in facilitating the Gupta Waterkloof landing in 2013 before appointing him as South African ambassador to the Netherlands, the state capture inquiry heard on Thursday. 

However, Zuma looked "very angry" when former minister of international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told him his name was used to facilitate the Waterkloof landing, she testified on Thursday.

In July, Koloane admitted before the inquiry that, in his role as former chief of state protocol, he had abused the powers of his office to facilitate the Gupta Waterkloof landing.

25 Nov 10:15


Nkoana-Mashabane recommended Koloane as ambassador despite admission that he abused his powers, Zondo commission hears 

Despite former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane admitting that he abused his diplomatic powers in order to facilitate the Gupta Waterkloof landing in 2013, then-minister of international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane still wrote to former president Jacob Zuma, recommending him as South African ambassador to the Netherlands.

Testifying before the state capture inquiry on Thursday, Nkoana-Mashabane told the commission that when she nominated Koloane, she did not state in the nomination letter to Zuma that he had played a significant role in the Waterkloof landing debacle. 

However, she said she had informed Zuma about Koloane’s involvement in the landing via discussions.

25 Nov 10:15


Gupta Waterkloof landing: Nkoana-Mashabane says she only became aware when she saw it on TV 

Former international relations and cooperation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has told the state capture inquiry that she only became aware of the Gupta's Waterkloof landing in 2013 when it was reported on television. 

Nkoana-Mashabane, who is now the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, told the commission, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, on Thursday, that at first she was not worried because it had nothing to do with her department.

She said she later heard that then-chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane was present in the Waterkloof area, and she had wanted to understand what he was doing there.

25 Nov 10:15


Hawks tried several times to obtain statement from Mcebisi Jonas in Gupta probe, state capture inquiry hears 

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has heard how former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas was contacted twice by former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza after he failed to co-operate in the unit's Gupta investigation.

On Tuesday, Hawks deputy head Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata told the commission about a meeting she had with Ntlemeza and Major General Zintle Mnonopi, who was tasked with the investigation.

Complaints against the Guptas were laid by MPs David Maynier (DA) and Dennis Bloem (Cope) after Jonas revealed the alleged attempts by Ajay Gupta to buy him.

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