Mathebula is expected to speak about government procurement processes.

The inquiry is investigating allegations of undue influence by the politically connected Gupta family on members of the executive and at state-owned entities.

The commission has confirmed the names of at least eight witnesses who will be called to testify during the first sitting of the public hearings that are expected go on for three to six weeks, depending on evidence led.

The witness list includes Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Themba Maseko, current acting GCIS CEO Phumla Williams and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor.

Meanwhile, here’s a clear picture of who will be fighting for the Gupta and Zuma families. These various legal representatives placed themselves on record on Monday.

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They are:

  • Mike Hellens SC for Ajay Gupta, together with Dawie Joubert SC, instructed by attorney Rudi Krause, in relation to allegations by Themba Maseko and Vytjie Mentor and future allegations.
  • Dawie Joubert SC for Ajay Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh Gupta.
  • Jaap Cilliers SC for Fana Hlongwane in respect of allegations by former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas over being offered the post of Finance Minister and R600 million by Ajay Gupta in Hlongwane’s presence.
  • Muzi Sikakhane SC on behalf of former President Jacob Zuma.
  • Advocate, Hlalelwako Lusenga, on behalf of former Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and former Director-General Richard Seleke.
  • Henry Cowley on behalf of former aide to President Zuma, Lakhela Kaunda.

At this stage, the various legal teams have indicated that they will try to reach an agreement with evidence leaders to receive notices of allegations implicating their clients sooner.

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In terms of Rule 3.3 of the commission, those who will or may be implicated in evidence from any witness must be notified ahead of time to allow them to prepare submissions in response or to make formal applications for the right to cross-examine the witness.

– News24