Guptas pressured SAA to drop Mumbai route, Hogan tells Zondo Commission

The former public enterprise minister Barbara Hogan on Wednesday told the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture about how the Gupta family pressured her to drop the SAA route to Mumbai so that it would then be awarded to Indian airline Jet Airways.

She says she was surprised to learn that there was an intention to drop the route because although it wasn't profitable, it was the route making the least losses.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela is monitoring Hogan's testimony at the commission.

Read: Barbara Hogan reveals how Jacob Zuma took away her executive powers as minister

She says even though she understands that most international routes by SAA are loss-making, the SA to Mumbai route was the least loss-making.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Hogan was asked if she had ever met with the Gupta brothers at any point during her time as minister of public works?

She says there was a time in 2004 where Essop Pahad organised lunch for a few friends and she and Ahmed Kathrada were invited. That's when she met with the members of the Gupta family but says she did not interact with them in any way.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela explained how Duduzane Zuma and his lawyers also came to the commission claiming that there were not told that his appearance was postponed.

Yesterday, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo confirmed that Mcebisi Jonas who was supposed to be cross-examined by Zuma's lawyers was granted a postponement because he is out of the country on state duties.

Zuma's lawyers were not notified of this postponement.

Zondo said a notice must be sent to all the lawyers when a postponement is granted to clear the confusion. Duduzane Zuma will be back on November 26 to cross-examine Mcebisi Jonas.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Mzwanele Manyi who's appearance was supposed to be on Wednesday also came through but was told to give the commission an opportunity to complete Hogan's testimony which was disrupted by power cuts on Tuesday.

Hogan is expected to wrap up her testimony on Wednesday.

To hear the rest of the report by Clement Manyathela, listen below:


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