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Ramaphosa struggles to align loyalty to the ANC with parliamentary oath

April 29th 2021 at 18:01
Undertakes to ‘explain some of the lapses that have happened’ – but fails to.

Zondo asks Ramaphosa if the ANC can change its spots

April 29th 2021 at 13:23

The deputy chief justice invited the president to reflect on the matter, given continued corruption since 2017 when he said the party reached a watershed

The post Zondo asks Ramaphosa if the ANC can change its spots appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Ramaphosa – ANC distances itself from those complicit in state capture

April 28th 2021 at 18:01
ANC president acknowledges corruption within the party, says this does not mean the party is corrupt.

Nomachule Gigaba waxes lyrical on the Guptas

April 27th 2021 at 18:01
Says her estranged former-minister husband would be briefed about SAA and Transnet by his ‘unofficial advisors’.

‘Mr Cash’ Singh can’t handle Zondo heat, asks for adjournment

April 23rd 2021 at 11:30

Proceedings at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture adjourned early on Friday due to former Transnet chief financial officer Anoj “Mr Cash” Singh’s health.

Singh’s legal representative, advocate Annalien van den Heever, asked Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that the commission adjourn for the day, after testimony from the former Transnet official on matters relating to his time at the rail and freight company.

The adjournment came as Singh, who is implicated in dodgy dealings with the Guptas in state capture, was being questioned by evidence leader Anton Myburgh about his bank statements as per the Fundudzi Forensic Report.

ALSO READ: Singh denies feeding confidential Eskom info to Gupta associate

Myburgh told the commission Singh had many accounts with multiple banks – including 12 with FNB.

Singh agreed he had R19 million in his FNB account, with the statement being dated October 2015.

He told the commission he used an Absa account for debit orders.

The former Transnet official confirmed he had not spent his salary for three years from June 2012 to July 2015 and that he keep large amounts on money in a money-market account, which had zero interest.

Asked how he funded his lifestyle without spending his Transnet salary before he was seconded to Eskom in August 2015, Singh said “it was concerning that the commission did not have an answer to that question” despite the commission having access to his bank statements.

“It goes to the point that the commission these documents. You have conducted an analysis of this account. The bank statements that you have indicates that the lifestyle was funded through those bank accounts,” he said.

READ MORE: Singh denies approving R1.6bn settlement with McKinsey

Explaining why it took him a while for him to move money to accounts that generated interest of R100 in 2016, Singh said: “There was a need for me to maintain this account to have liquidity.”

“At some point I was approached by a private banker who suggested that there’s a better way to still have access to the funding and have liquidity… and still have interest. Money market account… That’s the point in time I then agreed to open these money-market accounts,” he said.

When Zondo further asked him why he thought he would need millions readily available, Singh said he could not disclose the reason publicly.

Zondo on Thursday told Singh that he seemed like he was “Mr Cash” when the former Transnet official was questioned about his his frequent trips to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Now you are in Dubai and you’re supposed to settle your tab, which is quite high, R60,000, and you use cash to settle it, on your version. It’s like you are Mr Cash.”

Singh had dismissed allegations that the trips he made to the Middle Eastern city were paid for by the Gupta family.

The commission has also heard the former Transnet official had eight safety vaults to store cash and other valuables – instead of four.

ALSO READ: Singh ‘unaware’ he shared flight to Dubai with Gupta lieutenant

This related to witness 3’s evidence, who testified at the commission last year, that Singh would often carry a bag, which on occasions was filled with R100 or R200 notes, and that the former Transnet official would regularly lock the money in a vault.

Singh previously said he would store up to R200,000 in cash that he made from gambling and moonlighting.

Watch the proceedings below, courtesy of the SABC:

In emotive missive, Zuma says he will not provide answering affidavit to Mogoeng

April 14th 2021 at 15:34

Former president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday submitted a 21-page letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng out of “respect”, to let the head of the Constitutional Court know that he would not be deposing an affidavit about an appropriate sanction should he be found to be in contempt of court, as Mogoeng had directed. Mogoeng had […]

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Duarte says ANC top six should approach Mogoeng to help Zuma

April 13th 2021 at 09:07

‘Going to the commission under Zondo, personally I believe that is absolutely not a good thing for comrade Zuma to do’ - Jesse Duarte in leaked recording of infamous March top six meeting

The post Duarte says ANC top six should approach Mogoeng to help Zuma appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Jacob Zuma’s onslaught on the law is flawed

April 8th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Delaying tactics while pretending to be impatient and casting aspersions on the courts are old tricks

The post Jacob Zuma’s onslaught on the law is flawed appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Driving a Ferrari – but earning less than R34,000 per month

March 28th 2021 at 01:18
A study of a group of 26 people who drive Ferraris in South Africa revealed that not one of them declared taxable income of more than R400,000 per year.

Zondo: Lock Zuma up for contempt

March 18th 2021 at 15:00

The commission has given up hope the former president will appear before it, and says the court must now protect the constitutional order

The post Zondo: Lock Zuma up for contempt appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Molefe shifts blame to ex-Transnet finance boss Singh

March 9th 2021 at 10:12
DA advocate Paul Kennedy on Brian Molefe: If you say to your boss ‘I’m leaving’

The former Transnet chief executive repeatedly told the Zondo commission he ‘relied’ on advice from Anoj Singh regarding a R78-million payment to Regiments owner Salim Essa

The post Molefe shifts blame to ex-Transnet finance boss Singh appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Media must act against its rogues

February 6th 2021 at 14:00
By: Eyaaz

Evidence at the inquiry into state capture of publications and journalists being paid from the State Security Agency slush fund are alarming

The post Media must act against its rogues appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

January 22nd 2021 at 14:00
By: Eyaaz

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

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