The committee meeting on Friday had a shaky start as some MPs accused chairperson Richard Dyantyi of running the process unfairly. This after he refused to grant Mkhwebane’s legal representative, Adv Dali Mpofu, more time to cross-examine Samuels.
Maotwe and the ATM’s Vuyo Zungula were among those who made the accusations.
Zungula charged that Dyantyi had been conducting himself in a biased manner throughout the process and accused him of having a predetermined outcome.
“If this process is going to continue the way you are driving it, then it will spell out that this entire process there is a witch-hunt against Adv Mkhwebane ... I want to appeal to you first that you need to be fair as a chairperson. We may not agree with all of us, we are not here to agree with one another but to serve the people of this country.”
Al Jama-ah MP Ganief Hendricks supported Dyantyi’s decision not to grant Mpofu further time.
“We are not going to have a long drawn-out inquiry and that’s why as a chairman, you must give leadership,” Hendricks said.
Mpofu made similar allegations, suggesting the process was like a kangaroo court.
“What you are doing is unprecedented. It has never been done anywhere. I have been in this game for many decades, I have never seen it done in any process. There’s never been a legal representative who is not allowed to say, 'I have no further questions,'” Mpofu told the chairperson.
Dyantyi stood by his decision and ruled that the proceedings continue.
“I repeat, this is not a kangaroo court, there’s no bias. In fact there is a lot of fairness and rationality. I have noted your objection on this but you do know that it can’t be the end of the road. If you need further time to interact with the witness, that’s allowed. It can be arranged,” he said.
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