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In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Advocate Laurence Hodes SC stood for Sodi when proceedings resumed from 14:10. Hodes indicated the Hawks in the Free State were looking into matters related to the Free State asbestos audit.
Replying to @ermbates
Zondo and Pretorius ask why Sodi approached the Free State government to conduct an asbestos audit when Blackhead Consulting didn't have requisite skill and experience, accreditation and permits. He says he takes the point, it was being creative. "That was one of the challenges."
 
In reply to @ermbates
Any idea what the application for condonation pertained?
I imagine it was the timing of the application but I happily stand corrected. Often, an applicant will seek condonation if their approach for leave to appeal falls outside the preferred timeframe. It's, as far as I know, a procedural point. Zuma was granted condonation.
 
In reply to @ermbates
Sodi takes the oath. Out of interest, from around 2015 he was cited in a number of gossipy celebrity (tabloid) articles in alleged connection with the relationships of South African artists including DJ Sbu, ProVerb and Jub Jub.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Advocate Laurence Hodes SC stood for Sodi when proceedings resumed from 14:10. Hodes indicated the Hawks in the Free State were looking into matters related to the Free State asbestos audit.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureIqnuiry Zondo says he received some complaints last year over delay in Sodi furnishing an affidavit, despite certain undertakings in terms of deadlines. "I concede that," says Sodi's lawyer, who contextualises saying there were difficulties sourcing some documents.
Replying to @ermbates
Sodi takes the oath. Out of interest, from around 2015 he was cited in a number of gossipy celebrity (tabloid) articles in alleged connection with the relationships of South African artists including DJ Sbu, ProVerb and Jub Jub.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "From my side, I can certainly go up to seven," says Zondo. He says, "I don't remember that I've heard any complaint of no cooperation from Mr Sodi or his lawyers recently."
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureIqnuiry Zondo says he received some complaints last year over delay in Sodi furnishing an affidavit, despite certain undertakings in terms of deadlines. "I concede that," says Sodi's lawyer, who contextualises saying there were difficulties sourcing some documents.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "Mr Sodi is here to fully cooperate and answer every question to the best of his ability," says Sodi's representative. He then asks about anticipated timeframes for today, so that arrangements can be made.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "From my side, I can certainly go up to seven," says Zondo. He says, "I don't remember that I've heard any complaint of no cooperation from Mr Sodi or his lawyers recently."
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry In July 2020 another summons was issued for Sodi to appear. His lawyer says a further affidavit was supplied this week, additional remarks will be made available as documents are sourced. He asserts Sodi's rights in a criminal trial, which this process isn't.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "Mr Sodi is here to fully cooperate and answer every question to the best of his ability," says Sodi's representative. He then asks about anticipated timeframes for today, so that arrangements can be made.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "The Free State Hawks were investigating Mr Sodi," says his representative, after recording the opening of a docket sometime earlier this year. Sodi's evidence has been postponed from the @StateCaptureCom several times. A summons was issued in December 2019.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry In July 2020 another summons was issued for Sodi to appear. His lawyer says a further affidavit was supplied this week, additional remarks will be made available as documents are sourced. He asserts Sodi's rights in a criminal trial, which this process isn't.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings have resumed. Counsel for Sodi stands, beginning by repeating Sodi's full cooperation with the @StateCaptureCom. He wishes to highlight dates, matters on record and then Sodi's evidence can commence.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "The Free State Hawks were investigating Mr Sodi," says his representative, after recording the opening of a docket sometime earlier this year. Sodi's evidence has been postponed from the @StateCaptureCom several times. A summons was issued in December 2019.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo thanks Manyike and says there will be further engagements with him. He adjourns until 14:10.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings have resumed. Counsel for Sodi stands, beginning by repeating Sodi's full cooperation with the @StateCaptureCom. He wishes to highlight dates, matters on record and then Sodi's evidence can commence.
 
Erin Bates Retweeted ·  
Iyabhubhudla inkezo!!! Indlu yegagu iyanetha.
 
 
Erin Bates Retweeted ·  
BREAKING: Fmr President Jacob Zuma’s last bid to challenge ruling that he defamed former Minister Derek Hanekom by tweeting that he was a “known enemy agent” has been dismissed by the Constitutional Court
He now has 24 hours to delete tweet and apologize
businesslive.co.za/bd/national/20…
Zuma denied leave to appeal Hanekom defamation ruling
businesslive.co.za
 
In reply to @ermbates
Coram OR Quaram ?
Or quorum... See below for what informs my usage.
 
In reply to @ermbates
According to Manyike, it would take the most ineffective field worker five minutes to audit a house, whereas an effective field worker could take three minutes. Pretorius asks if that was sufficient time to inspect the structural integrity of the house and the roof for asbestos.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo thanks Manyike and says there will be further engagements with him. He adjourns until 14:10.
 
Erin Bates Retweeted ·  
The NPA's Hermione Cronje says she shares South Africans' frustration about the slow progress on state capture prosecutions. But she also thinks the new information sharing between Zondo Commission and the NPA will be a game changer. #Statecapture #NPA
businesslive.co.za/fm/features/20…
 
Question of the day: what is a social facilitator?
Unnecessary government posts discovered by #StateCaptureInquiry
twitter.com/ermbates/statu…
Replying to @g_relevant
Not in this case. The evidence about a "social facilitator" concerns a businessman and subcontractor in the private sector, who is said to have engaged with politicians at a local level.
 
In reply to @ermbates
[CORRECTION] A quorum of @ConCourtSA justices, including Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, handed down the decision on Wednesday, 5 August 2020. While Zuma was granted condonation, his leave to appeal application was dismissed *with costs* in the apex court. pic.twitter.com/mKN3V8Rfqw
For those interested in the full quorum of @ConCourtSA justices who dismissed Zuma's application for leave to appeal "as it bears no reasonable prospects of success" see below. Their surnames: Mogoeng, Khampepe, Madlanga, Majiedt, Mathopo, Mhlantla, Theron, Tshiqi and Victor.
 
In reply to @ermbates
The same order handed down on 6 September 2019 reads, "The respondent [Zuma] is interdicted from publishing any statement that says or implies that the applicant is or was an enemy agent or an apartheid spy." Read the decision in full via @saflii below. saflii.org/za/cases/ZAKZD…
Replying to @ermbates
[CORRECTION] A quorum of @ConCourtSA justices, including Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, handed down the decision on Wednesday, 5 August 2020. While Zuma was granted condonation, his leave to appeal application was dismissed *with costs* in the apex court.
 
In reply to @ermbates
Manyike says he could monitor the work on a system and identify mistakes, then rectify them. His company's costs included hiring cars, paying for food and accommodation, and running training. "Each field worker I paid R6.50 per house," he says of the Free State asbestos audit.
Replying to @ermbates
According to Manyike, it would take the most ineffective field worker five minutes to audit a house, whereas an effective field worker could take three minutes. Pretorius asks if that was sufficient time to inspect the structural integrity of the house and the roof for asbestos.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "It was progressive but we could train 28 people. Four hours would be enough to train them [...] the next day we would follow them for the whole week and see how they are performing," says Manyike of the field workers (who he's indicated were matriculants).
Replying to @ermbates
Manyike says he could monitor the work on a system and identify mistakes, then rectify them. His company's costs included hiring cars, paying for food and accommodation, and running training. "Each field worker I paid R6.50 per house," he says of the Free State asbestos audit.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike says, "Mr Mpambani was part of the JV. I was reporting to them. They were my seniors." He later says he dispatched 184 field workers (whom he has also called "foot soldiers") to conduct assessments of houses in identified areas of the Free State.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "It was progressive but we could train 28 people. Four hours would be enough to train them [...] the next day we would follow them for the whole week and see how they are performing," says Manyike of the field workers (who he's indicated were matriculants).
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo asks, "Why should there people who earn millions of rand for the social role when they are not doing the actual work?" Manyike replies, "That is a good question, Chair."
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike says, "Mr Mpambani was part of the JV. I was reporting to them. They were my seniors." He later says he dispatched 184 field workers (whom he has also called "foot soldiers") to conduct assessments of houses in identified areas of the Free State.
 
In reply to @ermbates
Manyike says social facilitators ensure "there is unity between the wards, there is not competition." Zondo replies, "Well, it sounds very strange to me. If there is a bridge or a road to be built the government officials should be the ones telling the public what is happening."
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo asks, "Why should there people who earn millions of rand for the social role when they are not doing the actual work?" Manyike replies, "That is a good question, Chair."
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo's interested in the concept of a social facilitator. He asks if it's commonplace. Manyike says, "It's a trend I can see, when it comes to these mega-projects. When I say they are taking care of the projects, I am not talking about bribery or anything."
Replying to @ermbates
Manyike says social facilitators ensure "there is unity between the wards, there is not competition." Zondo replies, "Well, it sounds very strange to me. If there is a bridge or a road to be built the government officials should be the ones telling the public what is happening."
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: He has been working as a social facilitator. He will be someone who will go to the ward councillors, the politicians. He takes care of the social issues, the politics. He was a social facilitator, taking care of the projects in terms of politics.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo's interested in the concept of a social facilitator. He asks if it's commonplace. Manyike says, "It's a trend I can see, when it comes to these mega-projects. When I say they are taking care of the projects, I am not talking about bribery or anything."
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo asks Manyike, in terms of expertise, experience and knowledge, does he know whether Mastertrade had that? "Why did they need you?" he asks. "Because he wouldn't have been able to render that service to Blackhead [...] it's the expertise," says Manyike.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: He has been working as a social facilitator. He will be someone who will go to the ward councillors, the politicians. He takes care of the social issues, the politics. He was a social facilitator, taking care of the projects in terms of politics.
 
In reply to @ermbates
Pretorius on Mastertrade's owner: Around R15-million was supposed to be his profit? Manyike: I see him as a broker, as a middleman, that's his function. Pretorius: His fee for being a middleman was half of R44-million? Manyike: That is my view.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo asks Manyike, in terms of expertise, experience and knowledge, does he know whether Mastertrade had that? "Why did they need you?" he asks. "Because he wouldn't have been able to render that service to Blackhead [...] it's the expertise," says Manyike.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings resumed some 45 minutes ago. Manyike has continued to testify on his company ORI Group's work on the Free State asbestos audit, including criticising the evidence (critical of his team's work) of prior witness Jaco Roets.
Replying to @ermbates
Pretorius on Mastertrade's owner: Around R15-million was supposed to be his profit? Manyike: I see him as a broker, as a middleman, that's his function. Pretorius: His fee for being a middleman was half of R44-million? Manyike: That is my view.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo has adjourned for tea. Proceeding are set to resume at 11:30.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Proceedings resumed some 45 minutes ago. Manyike has continued to testify on his company ORI Group's work on the Free State asbestos audit, including criticising the evidence (critical of his team's work) of prior witness Jaco Roets.
 
also learning typing in high school is a lifeskill that still serves me well..
Replying to @Neli_Ngqulana
Right! I often wish I had studied shorthand.
 
Erin Bates Retweeted ·  
The Minister of Justice & Correctional Services @RonaldLamola will be interviewed live this evening @Newzroom405. The Minister will be discussing Bills Cabinet approved to improve the response of the Criminal Justice System to #GBVF. #womensmonth2020 #StopGBVF
 
Okay, back to the #StateCaptureInquiry. Manyike says that the field workers who did on-the-ground assessments of Free State houses for asbestos after desktop analysis was completed were matriculants who demonstrated understanding and the ability to read and write. 👀 ‼️ 🤔
 
 
In reply to @ermbates
Further, the High Court order of 6 September 2019 reads, "The respondent is ordered to remove the tweet within 24 hours from all media platforms including by deleting it from his Twitter account." Subsequently, Zuma sought to appeal the decision. The @ConCourtSA has dismissed it.
Replying to @ermbates
The same order handed down on 6 September 2019 reads, "The respondent [Zuma] is interdicted from publishing any statement that says or implies that the applicant is or was an enemy agent or an apartheid spy." Read the decision in full via @saflii below. saflii.org/za/cases/ZAKZD…
 
In reply to @ermbates
The High Court order of 6 September 2019 reads "the respondent, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma’s publication of his tweet above was and continues to be unlawful." You can read it in full below. saflii.org/za/cases/ZAKZD…
Replying to @ermbates
Further, the High Court order of 6 September 2019 reads, "The respondent is ordered to remove the tweet within 24 hours from all media platforms including by deleting it from his Twitter account." Subsequently, Zuma sought to appeal the decision. The @ConCourtSA has dismissed it.
 
In reply to @ermbates
Currently, the tweet still appears on Zuma's profile on Twitter. This is two days after the apex court @ConCourtSA dismissed his appeal of a High Court order compelling him to remove it and apologise to Hanekom. twitter.com/PresJGZuma/sta…
Replying to @ermbates
The High Court order of 6 September 2019 reads "the respondent, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma’s publication of his tweet above was and continues to be unlawful." You can read it in full below. saflii.org/za/cases/ZAKZD…
 
In reply to @ermbates
Currently, the tweet still appears on Zuma's profile on Twitter. This is two days after the apex court @ConCourtSA dismissed his appeal of a High Court order compelling him to remove it and apologise to Hanekom. twitter.com/PresJGZuma/sta…
I’m not surprised by @Julius_S_Malema revelations regarding @Derek_Hanekom. It is part of the plan I mentioned at the Zondo Commission. @Derek_Hanekom is a known enemy agent.
 
[BREAKING] The @ConCourtSA has dismissed Former President Jacob Zuma's appeal of a KwaZulu-Natal High Court order about Zuma's defamatory remarks on Twitter in 2019 about former Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom. The Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Zuma's appeal in May 2020.
 
[BREAKING] The @ConCourtSA has dismissed Former Jacob Zuma's appeal of a KwaZulu-Natal High Court order regarding Zuma's defamatory remarks on Twitter in 2019 about former Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom. The Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Zuma's appeal in May 2020.
 
Woah! A businessman involved in the Free State asbestos audit is litigating against another subcontractor over debts and claims affidavits from the case file (no. 69173/18) "grew feet" and, thus, weren't available to the SIU. He claims "a strong hand [is] messing with things".
 
 
In reply to @ermbates
[SUMMARISED] #StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: The SIU went to court to get affidavits and it appeared as if certain affidavits in that file grew feet so I don't know what needs to be done but I saw that being a limitation to them being able to execute their investigation.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo has adjourned for tea. Proceeding are set to resume at 11:30.
 
In reply to @ermbates
[SUMMARISED] #StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: During the investigations I came across the SIU, they came to interview. They were looking for affidavits. I could see what they were looking for something the couldn't find in that file.
Replying to @ermbates
[SUMMARISED] #StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: The SIU went to court to get affidavits and it appeared as if certain affidavits in that file grew feet so I don't know what needs to be done but I saw that being a limitation to them being able to execute their investigation.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike reports a bundle related to a case between him and Mastetrade over unpaid amounts has been tampered with, and he said he has seen bold statements from people saying "I have paid so-and-so" and claims there is "a strong hand messing with things".
Replying to @ermbates
[SUMMARISED] #StateCaptureInquiry Manyike: During the investigations I came across the SIU, they came to interview. They were looking for affidavits. I could see what they were looking for something the couldn't find in that file.
 
In reply to @ermbates
[COMMENT] #StateCaptureInquiry You can see from the figures below there was, as I wrote earlier this week, "a tier of subcontractors, like a baton passed in a race. At each rung, there was a handsome cut of fat profit." twitter.com/ermbates/statu…
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike reports a bundle related to a case between him and Mastetrade over unpaid amounts has been tampered with, and he said he has seen bold statements from people saying "I have paid so-and-so" and claims there is "a strong hand messing with things".
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Pretorius highlights different entries in a spreadsheet recording costs. They include amounts for field workers and assistant project managers. Radebe of Mastertrade's signature appears on a specific page.
Replying to @ermbates
[COMMENT] #StateCaptureInquiry You can see from the figures below there was, as I wrote earlier this week, "a tier of subcontractors, like a baton passed in a race. At each rung, there was a handsome cut of fat profit." twitter.com/ermbates/statu…
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Pretorius asks Manyike if the JV charges the Free State province R255-million, Blackhead Consulting charges R44-million, Manyike "to do the whole work contract with Mastertrade" charges R21-million. "That's correct," says Manyike.
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike indicates he was expected to provide the "entire workforce" for the audit. "So, was your involvement required until the final report?" asks Pretorius. "Yes," Manyike replies. He says he provided a final report.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Pretorius highlights different entries in a spreadsheet recording costs. They include amounts for field workers and assistant project managers. Radebe of Mastertrade's signature appears on a specific page.
 
Erin Bates Retweeted ·  
My friends at R2K & @gav148 have been admitted as friends of the court in the legal dispute between surveillance network Vumacam & Joburg Road Agency
 
In reply to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry "Payments were coming in stages to me as the work progressed, ja [...] towards the end payments stopped coming. I am indebted [...] because of this project," says Manyike.
Replying to @ermbates
#StateCaptureInquiry Manyike indicates he was expected to provide the "entire workforce" for the audit. "So, was your involvement required until the final report?" asks Pretorius. "Yes," Manyike replies. He says he provided a final report.
 
 
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