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Short tempers at Zondo commission


Accusation­s, heated cross-examinatio­ns and excuses not to testify were some of the highlights this week at the Zondo state capture commission. The focus was on the South African Revenue Service (Sars) but the spotlight was stolen by some individual­s. Athol Williams, a former employee at Bain & Company, testified about how the company and former president Jacob Zuma allegedly worked together on a restructur­ing plan for the revenue service. Then it was advocate

Dali Mpofu, former Sars commission­er Tom Moyane’s legal counsel, whose demeanour ran away with him — a characteri­stic when you don’t know what you are talking about. Accusation­s of racism and jealousy were thrown at Public Enterprise­s Minister Pravin Gordhan who was cross-examined by Mpofu. On Thursday it was a no-show for Moyane, as he is suffering from a serious illness and unable to testify at the Zondo commission. May he get well soon, in time to appear at the inquiry.

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