Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo is not pleased with the Free State government’s lack of cooperation with the state capture inquiry regarding crucial documents sought by investigators.
On Monday, Zondo said he had agreed for a postponement to hear evidence from former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana. Dukwana was supposed to testify at the commission this week regarding the Gupta family and former Free State premier Ace Magashule.
Dukwana’s legal representatives explained that they had yet accessed crucial documents from the Free State government, some of these included cellphone records and diary information.
Zondo said last year he had spoken to the Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela regarding the request for cooperation and for the supply of documents. He said Ntombela had assured him that the provincial government would cooperate. However, little movement has taken place with Dukwana and the commission’s investigators still seeking the same documentation.
“I have directed that arrangements be made with the provincial government, particularly the DG (director general) of the province to make it possible for investigators of the commission, a member of the legal team, a member of Mr Dukwana’s legal team, and Mr Dukwana to meet in Bloemfontein,” said Zondo.