State capture inquiry: Zondo grants Mantashe, Ranjeni Munusamy leave to cross-examine witnesses

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. (Alon Skuy/Gallo)
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. (Alon Skuy/Gallo)

State capture inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has granted Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe leave to give evidence, call witnesses and cross-examine former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi.

Zondo announced this on Tuesday morning. He said Mantashe's time to cross-examine Agrizzi would be determined at a later stage.

The deputy chief justice also granted Mantashe leave to give evidence and cross-examine Richard le Roux, the Bosasa staff member who installed a security system at the minister's Eastern Cape home. 

Zondo has also granted journalist Ranjeni Munusamy leave to give evidence and to cross-examine former crime intelligence officer Colonel Dhanajaya Gangulu Naidoo.

He said the time to be allowed to cross-examine Naidoo would also be determined at a later stage.

Naidoo claimed that Munusamy was a confidante of former crime intelligence head General Mulangi Mphego, and that a R40 000 repair bill to Ranjeni's car was covered by crime intelligence's Secret Services Account. 

But Munusamy denied that she had asked for any repairs to her vehicle.

READ: Ranjeni Munusamy wants to see face of person claiming crime intelligence fund was used to fix her car

Zondo also announced an application by journalist and broadcaster Redi Tlhabi to cross-examine former president Jacob Zuma.

He said: "If the former president Mr Jacob Zuma has anything to say in opposition to Ms Redi Tlhabi's application for leave to give evidence and to cross-examine him, he must deliver written submissions to the secretary on or before Monday the 9th of December 2019.

"If no written submissions are delivered to the acting secretary of the commission, the chairperson will deal with the application in the manner he will deem appropriate.

"If the former president Mr Zuma does deliver within the time-frame indicated, written submissions in opposition of Ms Tlhabi’s application, the chairperson will take account of the written submissions and either announce the outcome thereof as soon as possible thereafter or invite Ms Tlhabi, if necessary, to respond to those written submissions, in which case the matter will be decided at a later date." 

During his testimony in July, Zuma claimed that Tlhabi was working on a film about his rape trial. He was acquitted on a charge of rape in 2007, News24 reported. 

The former president claimed there were attempts by certain individuals to "assassinate his character" and according to him, the media was part of this attempt.

He said Tlhabi was working on a movie allegedly to push a narrative that he is a rapist.

Zuma was acquitted on a charge of rape which had been laid by Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, known by the name of "Khwezi" during the trial. 

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