The chair of the state capture commission of inquiry, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, has dismissed an application by the Gupta family to cross-examine former finance minister Trevor Manuel. Lawyers for the family applied for the right to cross-examine Manuel about his upcoming testimony about former minister Fikile Mbalula’s suspicions that Atul Gupta had “unlawfully interfered” in his appointment as sport and recreation minister. The Guptas were previously refused the right to cross-examine former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former government communications head Themba Maseko because they refused to return to SA to testify. Arguing that they did not trust SA law enforcement, the family offered to give evidence and be cross-examined via video link. Zondo previously did not accept that explanation, and refused their application. But, buoyed by the state’s withdrawal of charges against their business partner, former president Jacob Zuma’...

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