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Ajay Gupta’s lawyer wants opportunity to cross-examine witnesses

The commission is hearing applications on Thursday by implicated parties who want to cross-examine those who have already testified.

A video screengrab of Ajay Gupta. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Ajay Gupta’s counsel has argued that there’s a need to cross-examine witnesses at the state capture inquiry to verify evidence.

The commission is hearing applications on Thursday by implicated parties who want to cross-examine those who have already testified.

Gupta’s lawyer Mike Hellens outlines the necessity to do this at a commission of inquiry.

Fana Hlongwane and Lynne Brown also want a chance to cross-examine witnesses, including former government spokesperson Themba Maseko and ex ANC MP Vytjie Mentor.

The commission has been tasked with unravelling the full extent of corruption at state organs and allegations that former President Jacob Zuma used his position to secure deals for the Guptas.

GUPTA STRESSES WITNESSES SHOULD BE CROSS-EXAMINED

Gupta's counsel has emphasised that cross-examining witnesses will root out flaws and inaccuracies in evidence.

He says the commission is tasked with establishing the truth and therefore this mechanism as used in court will help establish that truth.

“If there are flaws or difficulties in the witnesses’ evidence, those would be rooted out in cross-examination.”

Lawyers for Duduzane Zuma and others have also applied to cross-examine witnesses.

African National Congress Member of Parliament Faith Muthambi who has disputed evidence against her in a scathing statement this week, has not applied but she’s indicated that she’s seeking legal advice.

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