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Zondo declines Zwane’s request to answer all cases in one sitting

Zwane was appearing at the state capture commission on Friday morning.

A screenshot of Mosebenzi Zwane appearing before the state capture commission on Friday, 25 September 2020. Picture: SABCNews/Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has declined Mosebenzi Zwane’s request for the commission to ask him about all the cases in which he is implicated in one sitting.

Zwane's appearing at the state capture commission on Friday morning.

Among the allegations are that he devised a fraudulent advance payment scheme for a R1 billion low-cost housing project.

He's confirmed that the funding was allocated and controlled under the Division of Revenue Act.

Zondo explained his decision to deny Zwane's request: “It is not practical most of the time, because in regard to people like you, your name is mentioned in different workstreams of the commission and there are different teams working in different workstreams. So, I just want you to know that I am aware that you made that request and that it was considered but there are challenges.”

'OPEN TENDER PROCESS NOT ABANDONED BECAUSE OF ME'

Zwane denied that the open tender process for the R1 billion housing project was abandoned because of him.

Officials have told the commission that he managed procurement and people, but he said that HOD Mpho Mokoena and CFO Seipati Dlamini were in charge and told him the database met requirements.

He said he knew nothing about disqualified suppliers: “The process was not abandoned because of me, it was abandoned because of the reasons that these officials have put here, which were not controlled by me.”

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