Gigaba sticks to his guns about Guptas
FORMER public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan’s testimony at the state capture commission was postponed on Wednesday until November 12 due to lack of time for those implicated by her to respond.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s testimony was also postponed to November 15 because the inquiry is yet to receive his submission.
Hogan arrived at the inquiry ready to give evidence.
In her application for the postponement advocate Thandi Norman, a member of the commission’s legal team, said Hogan’s “broadened” statement was only received on Monday.
Daniel Mantsha, lawyer for former president Jacob Zuma, challenged the commission’s integrity.
He said they only received notice that Hogan would testify on Monday this week.
Zuma has again been invited by the commission to respond to allegations against him. THE parliamentary committee investigating the early naturalisation of the Guptas will finish its inquiry before year-end.
This is after the committee pressed Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba this week on the role he played in helping the controversial family.
Gigaba has denied doing any favour for the Guptas or receiving gratification from the family.
“At no stage during my tenure did I assist the Gupta family, or any other private interest group, to capture the state,” Gigaba said.
He said the initial application of Ajay Gupta was submitted before he became home affairs minister.