The South African Communist Party, one of the partners in the African National Congress led ruling alliance, said on Wednesday that enough evidence had been adduced at the Judicial Inquiry into state capture for prosecutors to pursue leads.
The call to action came a day after former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, completed his testimony at the Justice Raymond Zondo commission where he appeared relaxed, blaming the outrage over the Gupta business family sway on public contracts on politics.
The closeness of the Guptas to the Zumas, however, could not be denied as Mr Duduzane referred to one of the Gupta’s, Rajesh as “my guy” and reminisced on meetings he held at the Guptas fabled Saxonwold base.
SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said the commission should independently evaluate the testimonies of all witnesses, not just Duduzane, and recommend appropriate action of anyone who is culpable or perjured.
“There are cases we believe the NPA through its newly established investigative unit should take up immediately and follow through further investigation and prosecution based on the evidence available,” Dr Mashilo said.
In what was a two-day calm and collected testimony, Duduzane questioned statements made by evidence leader Philip Mokoena and rubbished the testimony of former finance minister Mcebisi Jonas who said he could not recall the circumstances under which the Gupta family offered him a R600 million ($42 million) bribe.
On Sunday, the eve of Duduzane’s testimony, ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe defended the commission during OR Tambo lecture in Kuils River on the cape flats.
The commission has come under attack over the credibility of some witnesses and questioning the senior as if he was on trial. This forced the former President to walk out of the commission in protest.
“We are committed to the integrity of the commission and support its work,” Dr Mashilo said.
Lucky Vuma, an independent political analyst and history lecturer at the University of Limpopo dismissed Mr Zuma’s testimony as unconvincing.
“Duduzane remains the golden boy of the Zuma family who was chosen to safeguard the narrow selfish interests of his family at the expense of the South Africans. It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to prove that his business deals had an influence of his father as the then number one citizen in the country,” said Mr Vuma.
At the end of his testimony on Tuesday, a defiant Duduzane sought to ride against the public opinion.
“I know, I am being looked at as being corrupt. I just want to say this to the public out there, I am not corrupt, and I have not taken money from anybody,” he said.