Zondo took the opportunity to draw parallels between Zuma's manoeuvres and those of Mashaba.
“There had been a letter from Mr Zuma's attorneys that came in the previous Friday which for the first time raised the issue of summons being irregular without any substantiation. Then the attorneys for Mr Mashaba sent a letter to the commission not long after proceedings on Mr Zuma were adjourned and they too raised the issue that summons was irregular and that Mr Mashaba would not appear.
“And just like Mr Zuma's attorneys, Mr Mashaba's attorneys did not substantiate their contention that the summons was defective. And they said Mr Mashaba would not appear tomorrow.”
Soni said he replied to the letter from Mashaba's lawyers and informed them that the commission found it convenient that their client's reasons for expressing his intention to defy summons were identical to those of Zuma.
There was no response to the letter.
“We hope that good sense will prevail and that Mr Mashaba will be here to be questioned on his affidavit,” said Soni.