Zumas and Guptas weigh responses to allegations
But Muzi Sikhakhane has told deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo that Zuma will need time to decide how to frame his response
The first day of the Zondo commission essentially confirmed what everyone knew: former president Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane and his friends the Gupta family are all implicated in state-capture corruption. And Zuma and his son will have to give evidence if they intend to challenge the claims made against them. Zuma, his son and the Guptas are still deciding how they will respond to the claims and if they will formally apply to cross-examine their accusers. At this stage, the accusations against them rest solely on the evidence of former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Themba Maseko. Lawyers for the Guptas have, however, indicated that they expect to face further accusations. Mentor has claimed she was offered the public enterprises minister post by the Gupta family at their Saxonwold home in Johannesburg, with Zuma present in the house. The post was occupied by former ANC MP Barbara Hogan at the time.
Maseko claims he...