OVERVIEW: Maseko 'would love' if Guptas came to SA to test his version - lawyer at #StateCaptureInquiry
The next witness will only testify on Monday.
Regarding the applications of the Guptas and Duduzane Zuma, Zondo says he will reserve his decision and "in due course" it will be advised, hoping for early next week.
The commission adjourns for the day, until Monday morning.
Judge Zondo will decide early next week whether the Guptas can cross-examine at all and whether they can do so from Dubai (or whereever they are, their lawyer Mike Hellens says it may not be Dubai). #StateCaptureInquiry— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) September 6, 2018
Zondo poses a question to Hellens on "precognition": "So
Some laughter from the crowd.
Hellens fires back: "People chuckle, and you use the word 'ambush', but it's not really,
#StateCaptureInquiry Hellens: the true North for this commission is the truth. Says getting to the Guptas is a price the commission should pay to follow the loaded gun that will lead the to the truth @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) September 6, 2018
Hellens says Ajay Gupta has a "powerfully contrary version" to Vytjie Mentor's version of events, that might not be put before the commission. Says the commission doesn't have to send a "caravan" to Dubai, one person can go.
Bham wraps up and Zondo notes that the commission has reached its conclusion for the day, but allows Advocate Hellens some time to respond to submissions.
Hellens starts off by dismissively referring to some of the arguments put forward by legal counsel for the witnesses.
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo once again questioning the Gupta brothers wanting to enjoy the benefits of SA's legal system but dont want to subject themselves to its processes "How do you tell a body like this you want to participate but participate on your own terms?" @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) September 6, 2018
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo reiterating that he is concerned about the stance the Guptas have taken to not return to SA & saying they do not trust SA's crime fighting agencies "matters I have to look at very carefully... matters of serious concern to me" @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) September 6, 2018
Maseko "would love" for the Guptas to come to South Africa and test his version of events, his lawyer tells Zondo.
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo saying only two scenarios that would see the Guptas here 1, change their minds and return or it could be found that instruments are created to return them to SA beyond their own will @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) September 6, 2018
Bham argues that Zondo should grant Guptas leave to cross-examine on the condition that he undertakes to testify in South Africa.
Azhar Bham up next on behalf of Themba Maseko.
Azhar Bham now appears for @MasekoThembaJ on Gupta request to testify by video. If the Commission agrees, it means it agrees with their view that the law enforcement agencies are tainted, he says. #StateCaptureInquiry (Bham is also chairing Tom Moyane's disciplinary hearing)— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) September 6, 2018
Lewis summarises by saying her submission, on behalf of Mentor, is aligned with those of Maleka and Cockrell.
Lewis says Mentor came before the commision to assist with its mandate. She says it would be inconsistent with the constitution for the implicated parties to be allowed to testify without presenting themselves before the commision. #StateCaptureInquiry @TeamNews24— Jeanette Chabalala (@J_chabalala) September 6, 2018
A legal representative on behalf of Vytjie Mentor is now addressing Zondo.
#StateCaptureIquiry Nicole Lewis for Vytjie Mentor raises the issue of topics that an implicated party can bring up in their submission. Lewis says its inconsistent with rule 3.4 of the commission's rules @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) September 6, 2018
Cockrell submits that the application of the Guptas who refuse to testify in the borders of South