But in his affidavit, Essa, who didn’t reveal his whereabouts, saying only that he “resided” in Dubai, said those who testified against him were saving their own skins.
“[The commission] had based its findings upon the untested and hearsay evidence of witnesses who, even [Zondo] admitted, were more interested in exculpating and exonerating themselves as opposed to advancing the truth. I had been precluded from cross-examining these patently uncredible witnesses.”
In his affidavit, he slams the evidence leaders whom he claims “coached and coaxed certain witnesses” and “sought to advance a narrative that particular individuals (including me) were the architects of state capture and tailored the evidence that was led accordingly”.
He also claims the evidence leaders “compiled the reports and, in doing so, advanced their predetermined narrative”.
“I was always co-operative in my interactions with [the commission and judge Zondo] answering any question put to me,” he said.
Two Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh, were arrested in Dubai on an Interpol Red Notice which the SA authorities applied for. SA has applied to the Dubai authorities for the brothers' extradition.
Essa has not been criminally charged by the National Prosecuting Authority in connection with any state capture offence.