Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has blamed state capture accused Duduzane Zuma of lying at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and trying to divert attention from the allegations against him.
Zuma yesterday guaranteed he was never allowed a chance to react to the claims made against him by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, contained in Madonsela’s State of Capture report.
Madonsela said Zuma was given various chances to react to the charges before the report was discharged, from as ahead of schedule as the start of September 2016.
“He’s lying and I don’t know why,” said Madonsela.
“Those who are accusing me of making wrong decisions are wasting their time, because that is not within the mandate of the commission,” Madonsela said. “If anyone feels that I did anything unlawful or unjust they should take it to the courts for review.
“Second, he is lying and I don’t know why. I don’t understand when people make statements that can be disproven.”
At the point when Thuli Madonsela’s team at first reached Zuma telephonically to set up a meeting he expressed that he was out of the nation and would show up when he was accessible, she said.
Afterward, in September 2016, around the time Zuma as far as anyone knows was on a work excursion to Dubai, he was reached and offered a chance to convey by means of Skype, however, he declined this since he said his attorney would not be accessible.
Madonsela said that in the last phases of the examination, Zuma’s team recommended a date which was after the end of her term in October that year.
The Law Society of South Africa’s leader, Mvuzo Notyesi, said implicated people in the public protector’s report must be allowed a chance to react to claims made against them before the preliminary report was made.
“If he was not given an opportunity to respond, that will be fatal to the report, but if he participated and did not get a second bite it is not as fatal,” he said.
Zuma yesterday during his testimony addressed why Madonsela didn’t talk with him on claims which implicated him in the supposed state capture.
Evidence leader advocate Phillip Mokoena was addressing Zuma on the Jonas’ evidence which put Zuma, businessman Fana Hlongwane, and Ajay Gupta in a 2015 meeting where the former deputy minister was purportedly offered R600 million.
He (Mcebisi Jonas) was offered R600m. You say he’s lying. Why would he lie about you?
Why didn’t anyone ask me for my version. It’s raised in the media. I was not given an opportunity by PP (Thuli Madonsela). You don’t see my record
— Aldrin Sampear (@AldrinSampear) October 8, 2019
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