Gi­gaba sticks to his guns about Gup­tas

Sunday Tribune - - METRO -

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.

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