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Zondo dismisses judge Tintswalo Makhubele’s bid to postpone her testimony

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday said the judge had had ample time to prepare and did not have good reasons to ask for another date.

A YouTube screengrab of Judge Tintswalo Makhubele testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry in Johannesburg on 3 August 2020.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday dismissed Judge Tintswalo Makhubele’s application to postpone her testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry.

Zondo said Makhubele had had ample time to prepare and did not have good reasons to ask for another date. He said the commission lost a day last month when the judge was expected to appear, but asked for a postponement, and could not lose another day.

Makhubela accused evidence leader advocate Vas Soni of telling untruths about her and bias.

She said he was the reason she pulled out of consultations, and she wanted the commission’s evidence leader to recuse himself.

“He is the reason I pulled out. And he has already made adverse remarks about me pulling out of that consultation. So, it’s important, chairperson, that this issue is addressed, and I have requested to brief my attorney properly,” Makhubela said.

Meanwhile, Zondo gave Makhubela and her lawyer Mxolisi Nxasana two hours to make arguments on the recusal of advocate Soni.

The deputy chief justice was expected to hear the recusal arguments on Monday afternoon.

“I’m quite prepared to stand down the matter so that maybe you can obtain authorities and Mr Soni could get authorities simply on the question of whether a recusal application in this situation relating to an evidence leader is applicable,” Zondo said.

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