Cope blames criminal justice after Auswell Mashaba fails to appear before Zondo

This follows the failure by the former director of Swifambo Rail Auswell Mashaba to appear after he was summoned to testify on Wednesday.

A screenshot of Swifambo Rail director Auswell Mashaba. Picture: Genghis Capital Limited/ YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of the People (Cope) has on Thursday blamed the criminal justice system for allowing what it said was a very dangerous development unfolding at the Zondo commission.

This follows the failure by the former director of Swifambo Rail Auswell Mashaba to appear after he was summoned to testify on Wednesday.

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Mashaba was expected to answer questions about the contracts the company was awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, but his lawyers said the summons was unlawful and not binding.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has since instructed the secretary of his commission to lay a criminal complaint against Mashaba.

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Cope national spokesperson Dennis Bloem said: “Auswell Mashaba is the third person to undermine the Zondo commission. Dudu Myeni identified a protected state witness, Mr X, in November and she is not yet charged. The commission opened charges against [former President Jacob] Zuma for absconding the commission and Zuma is not yet charged.”

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