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Gordhan's evidence must be tested to be accepted, Moyane's lawyer argues

Advocate Dali Mpofu is addressing the Zondo commission of inquiry on Tom Moyane’s application to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

A screengrab shows Advocate Dali Mpofu at the state capture inquiry on 13 March 2019, where he is representing former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane.

JOHANNESBURG - Judgment has been reserved on Tom Moyane's bid to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Earlier on Wednesday Moyane’s lawyers argued that for Pravin Gordhan’s evidence to be accepted by the state capture commission, it must be tested.

Advocate Dali Mpofu addressed the inquiry on Moyane’s application to cross-examine the Public Enterprises Minister.

Mpofu said that when Gordhan appeared before the Zondo Commission last year, he implicated the former Sars commissioner and by cross-examining the minister, Moyane will be able to clear his name and defend his integrity.

"One of the key safeguards is that for evidence to be accepted it must have been tested somehow. One of the best-known ways to do so is cross-examination."

Gordhan responded, calling on deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to deny Moyane’s application to cross-examine him accusing the former Sars boss of playing politics.

Advocate Michelle Le Roux is representing Gordhan.

She said: "Mr Moyane has not laid a foundation, identifying specific aspects of Minister Gordhan’s evidence that he disagrees with and disputes, as well the grounds for that dispute. The second submission is that the purpose on his own terms for this application is not a proper purpose for cross-examination. The third is to say that if we understand the purpose of cross-examination before you, the application should be denied in its entirety."

WATCH: State capture inquiry hears Moyane application to cross-examine Gordhan

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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