Johannesburg - Lawyers representing former president Jacob Zuma and Ajay Gupta have asked for more time to prepare for cross-examination and to study the allegations against their clients.
The lawyers made representations to the chairperson of the state capture inquiry deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo on the first day of the inquiry on Monday.
Advocate Mike Hellens, who represents Ajay Gupta in the allegations presented by Themba Maseko and Vytie Mentor, said his team would be ready to cross-exam by early September.
Zuma's lawyer Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane asked for more time to study the documents, he said they have received three notices on allegations presented by Mentor, Phumla Williams, and Themba Maseko.
Lawyer Welcome Lisenga, who represents former minister of state enterprises Lynne Brown, said his client had not received any notice but requests that they are included in correspondence as it may happen that she be implicated.
Zondo has requested that the legal counsels that want to cross-exam witnesses need to motivate for the reason to be allowed to do so.