Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan will stand head to head on cross-examination by former SA Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
After almost two years of avoiding the cross-examination, saying that if Moyane was allowed to cross-examine him, it would facilitate a fightback campaign – Gordhan seems to be put in a corner.
The commission’s spokesperson Mbuyiselo Stemela said the commission has not issued any advisory yet.
Moyane’s lawyer Eric Mabuza confirmed yesterday that the commission wrote to him granting Moyane permission to cross-examine Gordhan on November 30.
“Mr Moyane is looking forward to interrogating Minister Gordhan. He would not say what the focus of the cross-examination of Gordhan would be on.
“Just be patient, we can’t give away our strategy right now. We will talk to you when the time comes,” Mabuza said.
Moyane was granted permission to cross-examine him in November last year, after an initial request was declined.
The commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, had indicated there would be a limited time frame for the interrogation and Moyane would have to ask specific questions related to Gordhan’s testimony.
The latest turn of events follows Gordhan’s request for a postponement of his appearance, which drew criticism from Justice Zondo early in August.