Jacob Zuma to resume testimony at state capture inquiry on Monday

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Former President Jacob Zuma will resume his testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday, November 11.

According to a statement from the inquiry chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Tuesday, Zuma’s testimony is expected to last a week until November 15.

“Further dates for his testimony will be communicated in due course,” the statement added.

Zuma was expected to resume testimony in late October, but he reportedly requested for a postponement to attend to matters related to his corruption trial.

‘Apartheid spies’

He last appeared at the inquiry in July and made sensational claims that some African National Congress (ANC) leaders had worked for the apartheid government as spies.

He specifically named former ministers Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ramatlhodi. They both denied the claims and threatened to take legal action against Zuma.

In October, the inquiry sent Zuma a document highlighting “areas of interest” which his testimony will focus on.

These include his links to the infamous Gupta brothers, the circumstances surrounding his sacking of Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan, and the proposed nuclear deal with Russia.

Other witnesses

Former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEOs Mzwanele Manyi and Themba Maseko are also expected at the inquiry on Wednesday.

Their testimonies will relate to the former Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper and its links to state-owned enterprises.

Former British Cabinet Minister Lord Peter Hain has also volunteered to give evidence, the inquiry said. He is expected to appear on November 18.

Hain has been vocal against the Gupta brothers and has called on the UK government to impose sanctions against them like the United States recently did.

The inquiry is in the process of identifying and consulting with other witnesses set to appear before it over the next several weeks.

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