The state capture commission of inquiry’s legal team has the e-mails that have became known as the Gupta leaks, and wants them to be admitted into evidence. Advocate Paul Pretorius, who heads up the commission’s legal team, applied to commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo on Thursday to have hard drives that contain the data, submitted into evidence.

Pretorius said the commission had the original hard drive, which contained hundreds of thousands of e-mails, and that it was in safe keeping. Pretorius said the hard drive was originally owned by the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers. The hard drive was given to the commission earlier in 2018, but it was damaged and could only be worked on by an expert. An expert in Europe was able to recover almost all of the data, and made a forensic image of the original hard drive. Two copies were made of the forensic image. Pretorius said one of the versions would be held in safe keeping, while the investigations team would then use ...

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