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Enabling the Guptas to testify from overseas would inevitably validate their criticism of local law enforcement as unreliable and incompetent. Arguing against a request from the Guptas to testify in the commission of inquiry into state capture from Dubai via video link, Advocate Azhar Bham SC — representing former government communications head Themba Maseko — labelled their plea as "absurd". "They want you to categorise the law enforcement agencies, and by extension the court system, as unreliable, incompetent and whatever unfortunate words were used. The moment you do that, you might as well give up the commission now, because you can never refer matters that require further action to those very law enforcement agencies. It becomes absurd," Bham told commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.

Zondo reserved judgment on the Guptas’ application after they made it clear that they will only give evidence outside SA, by video link or through the inquiry travelling to th...

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