SACP Won’t Testify At The Zondo Commission

SACP Secretary-General Blade Nzimande. PICTURE: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG: Mashilo, however, refutes claims that the commission has called on any member of the SACP to testify.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) insists it has not been called to testify at the commission of inquiry looking into allegations of state capture.

Speaking on to a Johannesburg-based talk radio, SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo says the communist party is not implicated by an affidavit filed by former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan.

Hogan is expected to testify at the commission on 12 November.

According to the Sunday Times, SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande and ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe are among those called to respond to claims of political interference and appointment at state-owned enterprises.

Mashilo, however, refutes claims that the commission has called on any member of the SACP to testify.

Mashilo says they will be watching Hogan’s testimony closely.

“The commission said that it is not necessary for the SACP to come to the commission. However, because Barbara Hogan will be making her representation, we should elect to have a representative because, while her affidavit does not implicate the SACP, it might happen that during question she implicates us,” he explains.