Posts for September 2020 3 September 2020 It was actually a surprise gala dinner for close family and friends, and not a full-on party, for her 40th birthday that was hosted at the Victoria Guest House in 2003, former environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday. Mokonyane backtracks on party venue 4 September 2020 Former ANC member of parliament Vincent Smith has denied before the commission of inquiry into state capture that payments made by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi towards his daughter’s tuition in 2015 were because he had a corrupt relationship with the company. Former MP Vincent Smith says relationship with Agrizzi was above board 8 September 2020 The ANC’s 2014 anniversary gala dinner, held in Nelspruit on the eve of the party’s January 8 rally, ignited a line of questioning from state capture commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Tuesday. Zondo questions Eskom sponsorship of ANC dinner 8 September 2020 Former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi has told the commission of inquiry into state capture of a tumultuous period in early 2015 when former president Jacob Zuma instructed the board to suspend certain executives, including then acting CEO Tshediso Matona. Eskom execs suspended on Myeni’s call 9 September 2020 Former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday that the events in the lead-up to the suspension of four members of the power utility’s executive in March 2015, and afterwards, show that there was an orchestrated move to bring Gupta people in. Board about-turn was sign of Gupta influence, says Tsotsi 10 September 2020 Former Eskom director Venete Klein has defended her part in the suspension of four of the power utility’s executives in March 2015, saying that she could not confirm that they were purged in favour of Gupta appointees. Eskom suspensions only addressed non-performance, says Klein 11 September 2020 The commission of inquiry into state capture concluded the week of Eskom evidence with the testimony of former chairperson Ben Ngubane on Friday. He led the board of the power utility from 2015 to 2017, succeeding Zola Tsotsi. Ngubane cornered on Guptaleaks emails 15 September 2020 It was through Matshela Koko that former Eskom company secretary and later head of legal Suzanne Daniels first met Gupta associate Salim Essa in 2015. She had several encounters with him, at one of which she met Ajay Gupta, while at another she was offered a bribe of R800-million. Daniels claims Koko was Gupta enabler at Eskom 21 September 2020 The commission of inquiry into state capture will not negotiate dates of oral evidence with witnesses, said chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday. He was announcing the dates for former president Jacob Zuma’s expected appearance before him – from 16 to 20 November. Zondo tells Zuma to show up or face summons 23 September 2020 The commission of inquiry into state capture has this week heard how former Free State MEC for human settlements Mosebenzi Zwane defied orders from then minister Tokyo Sexwale to stop an unlawful prepayment scheme devised in 2010 for an ambitious low-cost housing project worth over R1-billion. Zwane pushed for unlawful housing scheme 25 September 2020 Former Free State MEC of human settlements Mosebenzi Zwane has thrown officials of the department at the time of the failed 2010 R1.4-billion housing project under the bus. Failure of housing project not my fault, says Zwane 28 September 2020 A property transaction between Nthimotse Mokhesi, head of the Free State human settlements department, and Edwin Sodi, a contractor in the R255-million asbestos eradication project, came into the spotlight at the commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday. Free State HOD’s apparent property bonanza under scrutiny 28 September 2020 The dismissal of six Free State human settlements officials for the failure of a housing project in 2010, following the implementation of an advance payment scheme, haunts the author of the only existing document that backed it up. Contradictions and conniving in 2010 Free State housing project 28 September 2020 A second call for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from the commission of inquiry into state capture has come, this time from former president Jacob Zuma. Zuma calls for Zondo to recuse himself 29 September 2020 Edwin Sodi, the man whose company was appointed as part of a joint venture (JV) to eradicate asbestos across townships in the Free State in 2014, is a regular donor to the ANC, often at the request of officials of the party. FS asbestos company paid towards ANC events, elections ..