Zondo: Gordhan’s ‘cabinet engagements’ not good enough reason for no-show


Gordhan was expected to appear on Wednesday, but he asked for a postponement to 31 August, saying he has pressing cabinet engagements

Raymond Zondo, Deputy Chief Justice has postponed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s cross-examination by former South African Revenue Services (SARS) commissioner – Tom Moyane.

But the truth is, he is not happy about the postponement.

Gordhan was supposed to appear on Wednesday, but he asked for a postponement to August 31, saying he has pressing Cabinet engagements.

Clearly unimpressed, Zondo repeated his threat to start issuing summons.

Mere Cabinet appointments on its own cannot be enough. There would have to be something more than just mere Cabinet commitments. This commission has a very limited time to finish its work. What I do know is that the President has told me that he has told cabinet ministers that whenever anyone is required to cooperate with the commission, the must cooperate.”

But he agreed to postpone to a date to be announced.

The minister and Moyane have been embroiled in a very public spat, even before he accused the former SARS commissioner of involvement in state capture.

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