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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 Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says "what is not fine" is receiving a statement late. He says normally it should be possible to have them a week before the hearing. It should not be that he gets them on the day of the hearing.
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo has chastised the legal team and said "it is unacceptable not to have a statement" and he asks about the statement of the second witness set down for today, Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe.
#StateCaptureInquiry Former Mineral Resources Minister and Minister of Public Service and Administration, Advocate Ngoako Ramathlodi, takes the oath. "So help me god. Thank you," he says while his right hand is raised.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Remember when @TreasuryRSA Minister of Treasury Nhlanhla Nene answered eNCA’s @samkelemaseko asking if he would testify? Nene said, “Watch this space.” And later, after some pressing from Maseko, “Watch the space, meaning a lot of us might be appearing soon.”
#StateCaptureInquiry Nene will be the first sitting minister to testify at the inquiry. Previously Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan attended hearings, when his former right hand man Mcebisi Jonas testified, saying a Gupta brother offered him the Finance Minister job.
#StateCaptureInquiry Nene will testify on events around then President Jacob Zuma firing him at night on 9 December 2015. Zuma said at the time, “I wish Mr Van Rooyen all the best in this new appointment. The new deployment of Mr Nene will be announced in due course.”
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