WATCH: Zondo rejects option to travel abroad to hear Guptas' evidence

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JOHANNESBURG - State Capture Inquiry chairperson Justice Raymond Zondo granted Duduzane Zuma permission to cross-examine former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

Zondo granted leave to Zuma as he agreed to testify in the inquiry.

He did, however, reject the possibility of travelling outside South Africa to hear the Guptas' evidence.

The brothers have asked to testify via Skype. They say they are fugitives and afraid of prosecution if they return to South Africa. 

He said that the Gupta family had no reason to avoid returning to the country for the purpose of providing evidence.

The video conference was rejected on the basis that the Guptas would be able to ignore requests for information and directives from the court as well as avoid the charge of perjury if they were outside of the bounds of the country.

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Zondo was reluctant to grant what he termed "special treatment" to the Gupta family.

He dismissed the application to cross-examine the witnesses from outside the borders of the country.

Zondo indicated he would give them leave to cross-examine witnesses if they appear physically before the commission within the borders of South Africa.

It was announced sometime last week, the former President, Jacob Zuma had taken the view that he is not implicated by any witnesses so far that's why he didn't apply to cross-examine witnesses. 

Zondo indicated there is some evidence he would like the former-president to clarify and invited him to do so via affidavit.

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