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WATCH: Justice Zondo on the Guptas, state capture

eNCA logo eNCA 2019-03-26 Donald Lobelo

JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta family will be allowed to cross-examine witnesses only if they’re willing to return to South Africa.

State Capture Inquiry chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, stands by his decision to reject an application by Ajay Gupta to cross-examine Trevor Manuel.

Zondo has highlighted the risks the inquiry could face if the Gupta's cross-examine witnesses from outside the country.

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“You have to be very careful about people who run away from a legal system because that’s what it amounted to... They ran away from this legal system… They ran away, and when they're out there, they say we won’t come back but are happy to give evidence… Because they were outside the border of SA, if they give untruthful evidence there’s nothing we could do… If they came back, I’d grant them leave to cross-examine,” he said.

a man holding a sign © Siphiwe Sibeko In addition, Zondo has appealed to South Africans who know of corrupt activities to come forward and speak out.

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Zondo says corruption in the country is completely unacceptable.

He says the success of his commission is dependent on whistle-blowers.

Watch the full interview in the video above

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