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#StateCaptureInquiry Former Head of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Free State, Peter Thabethe, resumes his evidence @StateCaptureCom today. Advocate Leah Gcabashe SC begins asking about the memorandum on Thabethe's 2012 travel to India.
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Gcabashe confirms Narayan on 28 February 2012 was not yet appointed to the advisory council of then Premier Ace Magashule. "That is correct," says Thabethe.
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Gcabashe notes the the motivation sent out in Thabethe's letter to Magashule is that he liked the business model of Indian dairy company Paras because it collected milk from community members, and then processed it. Thabethe agrees.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Peter Thabethe has been sworn in at the @StateCaptureCom. Evidence leader Advocate Leah Gcabashe SC has indicated he is an implicated person who has expressed a will to cooperate with the Commission at all times.
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Some deliberations over the legibility of Thabethe's affidavits, linked to a court case. He was one of the #Estina accused in the case which was dropped at the end of 2018. Gcabashe asks of his current occupation. He replies, "I'm a pensioner, Chair."
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Thabethe, whos surname I now see is also written Thabede, says he was suspended pending the report by the @PublicProtector recommending the Free State Government investigate certain matters regarding Vrede, during his suspension his contract came to an end.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Today's proceedings begin. Advocate Zinhle Buthelezi introduces Doctor Albert Radebe, who is a former Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Phumelela Local Municipality. He takes the oath.
#StateCaptureInquiry Radebe says he's an emerging farmer in the Vrede area. "That's where I farm," he says. Buthelezi asks of his involvement in the municipality in 2012. He says he was a DA councillor at the time. He speaks of an event on 19 June 2012 during a council meeting.
#StateCaptureInquiry Radede says then Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for the Department of Agriculture Mosebenzi Zwane "came with his crew from the department of Agriculture" and asked for a delay in order to make a proposal on leasing land for agricultural purposes.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Rousing applause - the loudest yet - as former President Jacob Zuma enters the @StateCaptureCom inquiry venue. His supporters are buoyant this morning. "Zuma, Zuma, Zuma," they chanted with increasing pace. Zuma takes his seat.
#StateCaptureInquiry Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says he does not know what is going to happen. He says he noted that a television station reported at 18:00 Zuma would continue his evidence today and has asked for an investigation.
Zondo has read some legal correspondence. "As to what is going to happen I am still going to hear. I got very little time to read so I hope I didn't miss anything in the correspondence," he says. "I didn't pick up anything that was clear as to what is going to happen."
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#StateCaptureInquiry Former President Jacob Zuma has returned to the @StateCaptureCom for a third day. He has arrived in the hall. Proceedings begin after Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond takes his seat and greets.
#StateCaptureInquiry Advocate Paul Pretorius SC returns to Themba Maseko's role in GCIS, which was that of CEO, and indicates he intends to ask Zuma questions on Maseko's termination of employment at GCIS and transfer to a different government department.
#StateCapetureInquiry "I think it's a procedural issue," says Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane SC for Zuma, who has stood to raise a grievance over the to-and-fro of Pretorius asking Zuma about Maseko's testimony, then that of Barbara Hogan, then returning to Maseko.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Today, for the first time since inception the @StateCaptureCom sits on a Saturday. The focus remains on aviation. Yesterday's hearing revealed details of the contract between SA Express, the North West transport department and little-known company Koroneka.
#StateCaptureInquiry Two witnesses testified yesterday. First, Kutlwano Phatudi spoke. She is the CFO of the North West Department of Community Safety and Transport Development who initially refused an initial payment to Koroneka as it was not allowed per the then contract.
#StateCaptureInquiry Second, Babadi Tlatsana who was the initial, sole director of Koroneka began her evidence. Tlatsana replied to several questions yesterday on why she did not interrogate financial flows or asks more questions about what was happening at her company.
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#StateCaptureInquiry @StateCaptureCom proceedings were set to begin at 10:00 but have been delayed. Former SAA CFO Phumeza Nhantsi is set to continue her evidence this morning on national carrier, South African Airways (SAA).
[JUST IN] Meanwhile, in an unprecedented move the @StateCaptureCom spokesperson has announced that there will be evidence this Saturday, 22 June when the inquiry sits for the first time on a Saturday and further information will be provided when the witness is announced.
#StateCaptureInquiry Cynthia Stimple, former Group Treasurer at SAA, who implicated Nhantsi in her evidence, is attending proceedings. The Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has entered the hall and proceedings begin.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Now #Transnet @follow_transnet Acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy resumes his evidence @StateCaptureCom. Advocate Phillip Mokoena asks Mahomedy about the cost of locomotives from China South Rail (CSR).
#StateCaptureInquiry Mahomedy has listed the price-per-locomotive in three CSR contracts. They are:
• R28.2-million each in the 95 locomotives contract
• R44-million each in the 100 locomotives contract
• R50-million each for 359 of the locomotives in the 1,064 contract
#StateCaptureInquiry Mahomedy has testified that over a two-year period the price for *similar* locomotives from CSR, with some modifications between the locomotives in each of the three contracts, rose from ±R28-million per locomotive to R50-million per locomotive.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Dr Popo Molefe has been sworn in and confirmed his statement, save for a small correction. Advocate Paul Pretorius SC asks Molefe on Tau Morwe’s status. “The board decided it would not extend his contract,” he says.
#StateCaptureInquiry Molefe says the #Transnet board took a view that there was nothing to defend in terms of Morwe. “We also took the view that in making this full disclosure, therefore, we would endeavour to be as honest as possible,” he adds.
[SUMMARISED] #StateCaptureInquiry Molefe says that unless Morwe embraced the perspective of the board of full exposure @StateCaptureCom and that there was nothing to defend, then his contract would not be renewed.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings resume. Counsel for two persons implicated in Booysen's testimony have introduced themselves. They represent Major General Nomfazi Ngembe and Major General Ntebo 'Jan' Mabula respectively.
#StateCaptureInquiry Booysen now describes a meeting in May 2010 in Ngobeni's office. She and Booysen were there, as were two Major Generals, Brigaider Lawrence Kemp from financial services, and a Colonel from SCM at the police, who was one of the suspects.
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[BREAKING] #StateCaptureInquiry Moyane's application to cross-examine Gordhan is dismissed on all but one issue. A decision is reserved one issue, namely the claim from Gordhan of malice against Moyane in relation to him laying charges. Zondo will seek further input on this.
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings resume. Former Ipid Executive Director Robert McBride returns to the stand. Advocate Paul Pretorius SC returns to audio recordings tabled during yesterday's @StateCaptureCom proceedings and mention in one of McBride "going down" in a phone call.
#StateCaptureInquiry McBride refers to Ipid's investigation into Kgomotso Phahlane. "During my suspension, at some stage in March 2016, Paul O'Sullivan was approached by some police officers," says McBride. O'Sullivan then laid a complaint with Ipid about certain forensics gear.
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[PLEASE NOTE] Proceedings will resume at 14:15 and not 14:00. I misheard, my apologies.

#StateCaptureInquiry Advocate Veruschka September is leading evidence @StateCaptureCom for the first time. She is going to lead Advocate Marijke de Kock of the NPA in evidence.
#StateCaptureInquiry De Kock takes the oath. "So help me god," she says with her right hand raised. September refers to Agrizzi's evidence and his statement on 17 NPA documents Agrizzi testified were leaked to him.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Pretorius asks about the video played at the @StateCaptureCom featuring Watson counting cash. "That was a regular occurrence," says Agrizzi. He says Mti gave him some coins once, which Agrizzi thought were gold, but they weren't and Agrizzi gave them away.
#StateCaptureInquiry Agrizzi claims Mti is an avid golfer and once, he alleges, Gavin Watson gestured to Mti's golfing equipment saying something to the effect of look what I bought. He suggests there will be records of golf club payments and Watson is not a golfer.
#StateCaptureInquiry Agrizzi now mentions an incident at a clothing shop in Sandton City. "I remember going into the shop and having to get the slips and having to get them paid [...] there is a short, Xhosa-speaking man there who only dealt with the Watsons and Mti," he claims.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Angelo Agrizzi, who testified for nine days in January, returns to the @StateCaptureCom today. Proceedings begin at 10:00 today and #eNCA403 will be covering his evidence throughout the day.
#StateCaptureInquiry Testimony at the @StateCaptureCom this week has brought renewed scrutiny on Andile Ramaphosa's business dealings with Bosasa. According to a corporate records database, he has 34 current and former directorships in South Africa.
#StateCaptureInquiry Andile Ramaphosa is a 37-year-old banker, who - according to his self-reported professional profile - spent almost four years working for @StandardBankZA, including in China. He's also listed as the co-author of a 2011 paper on reverse mortgages in Hong Kong.
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#RogueSpooks Every citizen should read this report. #ArthurFraser and #ThulaniDlomo should be suspended and charged as a start. These people used @StateSecurityRS to try to rip the heart out of our democracy. #SSAsilentCoup…
This report shows that @StateSecurityRS actually became one of the biggest threats to national security. #ArthurFraser is revealed as a dangerous schemer who planned to create a state within a state.
#RogueSpooks Report is also an indictment of the former Inspector General of Intelligence and her staff. IGI was warned about Special Operations and turned a blind eye. Only after Dr Dintwe was appointed IGI started doing its job. As for the parliamentary committee...
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#StateCapturInquiry Former Optimum CEO Clinton Ephron will testify on the business rescue of that mining company before it was acquired by Tegeta with #Eskom @Eskom_SA help in late 2015. Proceedings begin at 10:00.
#StateCaptureInquiry Much of the #Eskom @Eskom_SA testimony @StateCaptureCom so far repeats what was discussed in @ParliamentofRSA’s inquiry into the parastatal and allegations of corruption, fraud and state capture (see below).
#StateCaptureInquiry Ephron is, says Advocate Vincent Maleka SC, able to talk about the late 2015 meeting at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland which then Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane reportedly attended with Ivan Glasenburg of Glencore.
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Today at 10:00 Justice Minister Michael Masutha is holding a briefing on #Bosasa and @DOJCD_ZA contracts with the company now known as African Global Operations and its subsidiaries. Two former Correctional Services seniors, Linda Mti and Patrick Gillingham, have been charged.
On Friday, a statement on behalf of the #StateCaptureInquiry @StateCaptureCom Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced contracts for GTS (formerly Sondolo IT) to provide security to the commission were not awarded correctly.
Zondo indicated GTS work at the #StateCaptureInquiry was investigated after a journalist raised the alarm on the company’s links to #Bosasa. That journalist is @CowansView of @News24 (his story also appeared in @City_Press).
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@Eskom_SA @StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Maleka says there has been no response as yet to the notices issued to the eight above. He mentions charges against Koko, disciplinary action against Daniels and charges against Kalima.
@Eskom_SA @StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Maleka refers to a Rule 34 (4) notice from #Eskom @Eskom_SA to @McKinsey in relation to certain documents. He then mentions a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation set out in a certain bundle.
@Eskom_SA @StateCaptureCom @McKinsey #StateCaptureInquiry Maleka says the legal team has raised concerns over the status of contracts with Tegeta and related entities. He predicts Mabuza will address this issue when he presents evidence this morning.
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We are back at the #StateCaptureInquiry today's witness is #Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza. He is represented by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
#StateCaptureInquiry Evidence Leader, Advocate Vincent Maleka and DCJ Raymond Zondo are now dealing with housekeeping matters and documents.
#StateCaptureInquiry Maleka tells Zondo the legal team has prepared a bundle of notices for individuals who will be implicated in Mabuza's testimony #Eskom
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#StateCaptureInquiry @StateCaptureCom Proceedings were set to commence at 10:00 today. #VytjieMentor is seated and has been working through some papers. She is set to undergo cross examination today. The Chairperson has just entered.
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry Mentor has raised a pointed finger (as she repeatedly did yesterday during testimony) and has a number of points she would like to address, including an independent witness to discuss the SAA records.
@StateCaptureCom #StateCaptureInquiry "It's not clear to me why we would need anybody else to come and testify than someone from SAA itself," says Zondo in reply to Mentor. She then questions the Home Affairs records, too.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Today is a watershed moment for the @StateCaptureCom with #VytjieMentor set to undergo cross examination after she completes her evidence.
#StateCaptureInquiry Mentor is the first witness to undergo cross examination and it’s expected she will be subject to grilling from counsel for Duduzane Zuma. She also implicated Former President Jacob Zuma, when she described a ministerial job offer allegedly from a Gupta.
#StateCaptureInquiry Mentor also implicated members of the Hawks, claiming that her handwritten statement was altered when transcribed to omit former President Jacob Zuma’s name. She claimed a Hawks member advised her to exclude him from the document.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings resume today at 10:00 with two investigators and two others set to testify. @News24 has published information that editor @AdriaanBasson is set to speak about threats and intimidation he faced (along with @carienduplessis) for reporting on #Bosasa
#StateCaptureInquiry @News24 quotes @AdriaanBasson as saying, “Everything I know about #Bosasa and their dodgy dealings with the state have been published over the past 13 years.” Basson continues, “Carien and I were targeted by Bosasa for revealing the truth.”
#StateCaptureInquiry Pretoria Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair’s deadline given to @StateCaptureCom is today. He, via lawyers, wrote to the inquiry to demand information on what former #Bosasa employee Richard le Roux testified regarding security upgrades to Nair’s Pretoria home.
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What motivated @Julius_S_Malema's unprovoked , unprecedented and unprincipled attack on the new #NDPP head , advocate #ShamilaBatohi ? Does the looting of #VBS by EFF and fear of prosecution explain this arrogance and total stupidity on his part ? Dictum of attack as defence .
I join millions of patriotic #SouthAfricans in welcoming advocate #ShamilaBatohi as head of #NDPP . She must not be deterred by some unscrupulous and mindless @EFFSouthAfrica leaders who try to draw her to their political wars . She must refuse to be an eff political football .
We want to give @Julius_S_Malema and his @EFFSouthAfrica free advice , don't judge #ShamilaBatohi before she even starts her work , judge her by what she does in her appointed position . Some of us are confident that she will do her work without any fear , prejudice or favour .
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#StateCaptureInquiry Today's @StateCaptureCom hearing begins at 10:00. Two new and as yet undisclosed witnesses are expected to testify today. Yesterday, former #Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder concluded his testimony. He was followed by another former #bosasa staffer Frans Vorster
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings have begun and Richard le Roux has taken the oath and is confirming his statement, following one correction. Vorster mentioned Le Roux in connection with a car rental allegedly for Nomvula Mokonyane’s daughter. Le Roux is here on a summons.
#StateCaptureInquiry Le Roux says he currently works for an IT subsidiary GTS which was previously known as Sondolo, which was part of the #Bosasa Group. He left the company and then returned to the company, in a different iteration, as a Regional Technical Coordinator.
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