Moyane would maintain a "dignified silence", said Mabuza, and in any event, they already had President Cyril Ramaphosa on his knees. Apparently, Ramaphosa simply responding to Moyane's letter requesting that the president halt either the Nugent inquiry or his disciplinary inquiry, chaired by advocate Azhar Bham SC, was construed as the president having "blinked".
Ramaphosa undertook to do neither, and simply said in response to Mabuza's letter that he "would like the benefit of advocate Bham's views on the matter before making a decision on your client's demands".
But Moyane's silent backers know that, based on the Bell Pottinger experience in South Africa, people are easy to bait and manipulate. The proof of this was the metamorphosis of Duduzane into a victim of the state's heavy handedness at a time when his family is in mourning.
The tragic death of 25-year-old Vusi Zuma, former president Jacob Zuma's son, necessitated his elder brother returning to the country from Dubai to attend his funeral. Duduzane has been sought by the authorities on several matters.
The Hawks have up to now been unclear about the status of their investigations into Duduzane's involvement in state capture.
On Monday, he appeared in court on a charge of corruption, with an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit corruption.
This related to the alleged attempt by the Guptas to bribe former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas in 2015, when they wanted to promote him to finance minister. It is alleged that Duduzane facilitated the meeting between Ajay Gupta and Jonas, and that the bribe offer was made in his and businessman Fana Hlongwane's presence.
The fly in the ointment in this case is that Jonas has not reported this matter to the police. He made a statement to former public protector Thuli Madonsela during her probe into state capture.