Zondo inquiry: Manyi changes mind on Maleka recusal

Mzwanele Manyi said earlier on Tuesday that Advocate Vincent Maleka was treating him like a criminal and wanted him to recuse himself from the state capture inquiry

A video screengrab of Mzwanele Manyi appearing at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture on 14 November 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Former GCIS head Mzwanele Manyi has done an about-turn on this morning's request asking the evidence leader at the state capture commission of inquiry to recuse himself.

He now says he will drop his application for Maleka to recuse himself, saying he will now allow Maleka to cross-examine him.

"I don’t want to frustrate the work of the commission".

Earlier today, he accused the advocate of being bias and treating him like a criminal.

"I’m put here on a stand as if I’m this criminal that’s lying, so, I request that he must recuse himself and any member of the other legal team can continue where he left off."

Now both Manyi and head of the commission's legal team Paul Pretorius addressed the commission about his change of heart.

"I’m informed by Mr Manyi that he doesn’t wish to proceed with the application for recusal. That he’s prepared for Mr Maleka to ask questions and that if he has any difficulties in relation to any particular question, it may be raised with you."

Manyi replied: "Yes, my words were 'I don’t want to be the reason to frustrate the work of the commission'. I think the point has been made and I believe that from here on, Mr Maleka will take that on board."

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo discussed the EFF protest outside the commission last week and the party’s attacks on its work.

"It’s unacceptable for anybody to subject any witness appearing before the commission to any form of harassment, intimidation."

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)