Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is on the stand at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to give testimony.
EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says Gordhan's 'day one' deals with when he was appointed to the position of finance minister in 2009.
He also spoke about his controversial axing by former president Jacob Zuma in 2016 as well as the axing of Nhlanhla Nene who was replaced by Des van Rooyen for a few days.
He told the commission that the reason he was asked to return to his portfolio is because there was turmoil in the markets. He says he was very reluctant when Zuma asked him to return to the position, but he ended up doing it because he felt it was not a great idea to appoint Des van Rooyen.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Another thing he deals with is the kind of damage state capture has caused. He spoke about how reputations have been damaged and how people lost their jobs. He says it is important for the commission to evaluate the damage this has been caused.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Manyathela says Gordhan's testimony is going to implicate a lot of people. He says the commission has already written letters to those implicated in Gordhan's testimony to apply for cross-examination.
Dali Mpofu, who is representing former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane has been present at the commission on Monday to listen to Gordhan's testimony. Another representation is that of former NPA boss Shaun Abrahams.
Mpofu revealed his intentions to cross-examine Gordhan's testimony.
Shaun Abrahams is also saying that he wants to apply to come to the commission and state his version of events.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
According to Manyathela, the person who is most implicated in state capture, Jacob Zuma, still hasn't applied to cross-examine any of the people who have implicated him. This is despite the commission sending him several letters inviting him to cross-examine witnesses.
He says the EFF has been picketing outside commission's venue in Parktown saying it wants to make sure that Gordhan tells the truth about his interactions with the Guptas. But none of the EFF protesters have been inside the venue to listen to Gordan's testimony, says Manyathela.
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