Delays, legal costs, assassination attempts: Zondo hears it all in last stretch

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State Capture commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
State Capture commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24

As the State Capture Inquiry on Thursday prepared to enter what it anticipates could be the last month of oral hearings, it heard evidence from a former Transnet executive and a former minister - with the former in the hot seat over a controversial locomotives deal that saw costs ballooning from R39 billion to R54 billion, and the latter responding to allegations by his estranged wife. 

The commission also announced its plans for an extension, with chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo saying the inquiry would apply to the courts to shift the deadlines for oral evidence and the completion of the commission report to July and September, respectively.

Former Transnet chief financial officer Anoj Singh was the first to be quizzed over incidents at the freight rail entity, including the escalation of costs in the procurement of 1 064 electric and diesel locomotives.

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