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Inquiry: Duduzane Zuma step closer to grilling witnesses who've implicated him

Advocate Paul Pretorius presented the letter from Duduzane Zuma's lawyers which indicated that former President Jacob Zuma’s son is now willing to testify.

Duduzane Zuma leaves the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court after being granted R100k bail. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Duduzane Zuma has moved one step closer to cross-examining witnesses who've implicated him at the state capture inquiry by agreeing to testify himself.

A letter was submitted to the commission's head Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday afternoon stating that Zuma had a change of heart and is now prepared to give evidence.

Initially, he refused to testify at the inquiry saying he couldn't do so while facing criminal charges on the same matter.

Advocate Paul Pretorius presented the letter from Zuma's lawyers which indicated that former President Jacob Zuma’s son is now willing to testify.

Pretorius says this might be due to Zondo's suggestion that Zuma should reconsider.

“The letter records that on your request chair, counsel was asked whether or not Mr Duduzane Zuma would reconsider his position. That has resulted in this communication that he has prepared and tenders to give evidence as a witness before the commission.”

Zondo says this may put Zuma in the same position as other applicants who were granted permission to cross-examine witnesses, but he's only likely to make a decision on Wednesday.

At the same time, a Treasury official testified on Monday revealing that the Guptas’ media companies pocketed over R260 million from government.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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