Commission, alleged ‘Gupta fixer’ square off
The Zondo Commission is this morning set to fight off a legal bid by Kubentheran (Kuben) Moodley, the man who has been described in some circles as a ‘Gupta fixer’ and was once adviser to former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, says a Cape Argus report.
The parties are set for a legal showdown at the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg). The battle comes after the Zondo Commission issued a search and seizure warrant to get documents Moodley is storing at Knox Titanium Vaults, a storage company in Sandton he has been using since September 2009.
It appears from the court papers that investigators from the commission have already accessed some of the documents after instructing Knox to grant them access. The report notes that Moodley’s name has popped up many times at the state capture commission and, as a result of that, the commission on 13 June instructed Knox to stop granting him access to the vault until it had obtained some documents.
Among the many accusations against Moodley was that he helped Trillian Capital to loot Eskom, helped the Guptas, through his company, Albatime, with R10m to buy Optimum Mine, and allegedly had a hand in the looting of the government of North West by Mediosa.
In the urgent application Moodley, through his attorney Hannes Peyper, argued that Knox had breached the agreement it has with him by acceding to the demand from the Zondo Commission. He also argues that the commission had no powers to order a seizure of documents.
Moodley also wanted to be allowed access to his three vaults after he was told by the vaults company on 26 June that it had been instructed by the commission not to allow him access to his vaults.
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