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04 February 18:09

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo adjourns the commission for today. It will resume at 09:30 tomorrow and will continue up to 19:00.

Jan Gerber

04 February 18:06

The commission adjourns for the day.

04 February 18:00

De Freitas concludes his evidence and is excused. 

04 February 17:57

De Freitas says there is now more looting at Prasa. He said the new board chair, Leonard Ramatlakane, is a former ANC member of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and he is there to do Luthuli House's bidding.

- Jan Gerber

04 February 17:53

De Freitas testifies that people "who were doing the right thing" at Prasa have been fired. "The looting continues," he says, as he wraps up his evidence. 

04 February 17:01

De Freitas says it was clear that his reasons for wanting an inquiry were incongruous to that of the committee. He says he wanted to clean Prasa while some simply wanted to elbow out Popo Molefe.

04 February 16:57

De Freitas testifies that the Portfolio Committee on Transport agreed to have an inquiry into Prasa, much to his surprise. However, at the committee's next meeting, it was as if completely different people were at the committee meeting. "Suddenly, the ANC said there is no need for an inquiry." He said it is clear Luthuli House got to the ANC MPs.

- Jan Gerber

04 February 16:23

De Freitas tells the commission that he wrote two letters to the former chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport, Dikeledi Magadzi (now the Deputy Transport Minister), one to ask that then transport minister Dipuo Peters appear before the committee to explain the locomotives that were ordered, but too high for South Africa, and the second to have Prasa engineer Daniel Mthimkhulu to explain the same. He didn't receive a response. "It is as if the portfolio committee was in a bubble, as if these things wasn't happening," De Freitas said. 

-  Jan Gerber

04 February 15:49

Khoza has concluded her evidence and has been excused.

04 February 15:16

Khoza says she no longer felt part of the ANC and that it appeared that the party adopted corruption as its official policy. "It appeared I was the one guilty of doing something wrong," she said.

So she resigned.

- Jan Gerber

04 February 15:13

Khoza says she wrote a letter to then ANC SG Gwede Mantashe concerning her experiences in Parliament and how the ANC interfered in Parliament performing its oversight over the executive. This went unanswered. She couldn't secure a meeting with speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete about her safety.

- Jan Gerber

04 February 15:10

Khoza: The only thing I was guilty of was standing for that which is right. I resigned because it felt as though I was the one who had done something wrong [when calling out acts of corruption]. It became clear that the ANC had adopted corruption as its policy.

04 February 15:04

Khoza says she wrote to then ANC SG Mantashe expressing her dissatisfaction at the ANC's interference in parliament's oversight role, saying the meddling made it difficult to hold the executive to account.

04 February 14:41

Instead of discussing how the committee would go about their oversight work, Khoza was attacked for voting with her conscience and criticised for trying to hold Muthambi to account. ANC MP Sizani Dlamini-Dubazana said there was nothing in the ANC constitution called conscience. The study group decided to axe her as chairperson of the portfolio committee of the public service and administration.

- Jan Gerber

04 February 14:40

After the lunch break, Khoza continues her testimony by recalling how then-minister of public service and administration, Faith Muthambi attended a meeting of the ANC study group before a meeting of the portfolio committee of the public service and administration scheduled to hold Muthambi to account for flying her friends and family to her budget report. 

- Jan Gerber

04 February 14:26

The commission has resumed. Dr Makhosi Khoza continues giving evidence. 

04 February 13:18

The commission adjourns for lunch, back at 14:15.

04 February 13:09

Khoza to Zondo Commission: "The situation in the ANC was that anyone who sought to uphold the rule of law would be punished. I'm a living example of this."

- Jan Gerber

04 February 13:09

Khoza, after disruptions due to technology challenges, that on 14 August 2017 then president Jacob Zuma said that the ANC's unity is paramount and that steps should be taken against those MPs who voted with their conscience. The following day, Mantashe announced that the ANC NWC decided to institute disciplinary steps against four MPs who voted with their conscience.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo asked if she understood this to mean that they were expected to ignore the ruling by the Constitutional Court. Khoza answered in the affirmative.

"It is bad enough when it is said by any party, but when it is said by the ruling party, it is even worse, it seems to me," said Zondo.

"I can't understand that. I can't understand how that could be."

Jan Gerber

04 February 13:07

Khoza says she was "punished" harshly for speaking out against the ANC. She says people accused of corruption were treated with far less censure than she was. "I have never taken a cent from government," she says, to stress her point. 

04 February 12:41

There are technical difficulties again at the commission and chairperson Zondo adjourns for ten minutes.
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