Justice Raymond Zondo at the start of the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency(ANA)
Johannesburg - Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has declined to immediately decide on whether he will allow implicated individuals to cross-examine witnesses at the state capture inquiry. 

Zondo said there were still questions remaining on a few applications. 

The commission of inquiry into state capture is investigating allegations of corruption largely centred around the infamous Gupta family and former president Jacob Zuma.  
 
It has been alleged that the Gupta family used its relationship with Zuma to score business deals with state-owned enterprises. Billions were allegedly paid out to the family in suspicious business deals involving government officials. 

A number of individuals, who have been implicated through the testimonies of Mcebisi Jonas and Vytjie Mentor, have applied for leave to cross-examine witnesses.

Zondo decided on Tuesday morning that he would defer deciding on whether to allow for cross-examination on the three applications as there still questions remaining especially because Mentor was still on the stand. 

Fana Hlongwane, who was mentioned in both Jonas and Mentor's testimonies, filed an application late and Zondo will still have to study his application. 

Hawks head of anti-corruption unit Zinhle Mnonopi has also applied to cross-examine Jonas. The former deputy finance minister told the commission that Mnonopi had tried to force him to sign a pre-written statement in an attempt to quash the DA's case against the Guptas. 

Former president Jacob Zuma's former chief of staff Laleka Kaunda wants to cross-exam Mentor who claimed she called her and arrangement her meeting with the Guptas. 

Zuma's lawyer told Zondo that they were yet to decide on whether they would apply to cross-examine, while Ajay Gupta's legal representative said he would apply for permission to cross-examine by Friday. 

Advocate Vincent Maleka, who is part of the commission's legal team, told Zondo that cross-examinations should only be allowed if those who wish to examine the evidence take the stand and supply their own version of events. 

Mentor has continued with her testimony on Tuesday morning. 

On Monday, she told the inquiry the eldest Gupta brother, Ajay Gupta, had offered her ministerial position as the minister of public enterprises if she agreed that she would abolish SAA's India and Johannesburg route once she is appointed. 

The inquiry continues.

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