Zuma To Set Up Inquiry Into 'State Capture'

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Cape Town - Within hours of a commission of inquiry into state capture being announced, the battle began over the crucial question of exactly what should be investigated.

"In order to ensure that no stone is left unturned in so far as the allegations of state capture are concerned, and in order to avoid any further allegations of state capture being lodged with the Office of the Public Protector, the Public Protector calls upon the president of RSA to ensure that the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry are not limited to the issues investigated or identified in the State of Capture report", Mkhwebane said in her statement.

The Constitutional Court had ruled almost two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence. Madonsela reportedly said: "There is nothing under the sun stopping president Zuma or any president from initiating 20 judicial inquiries into state capture by white monopoly capital".

"The matter can not wait any longer", he said, adding: "I have chose to appoint a commission of inquiry".

Mr Zuma's announcement came ahead of today's meeting of the top leadership body of the governing African National Congress (ANC).

While the president has appealed the cost order and the judgment regarding the duties of the president to appoint commissions, he said in a statement on Tuesday he is taking further legal advice on this.

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Zuma said he would appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations that the Gupta family was allowed to influence state decisions and that he would abide by a court ruling for the Chief Justice to select its leader.

President Kenyatta hosted the leader of Africa's second largest economy in October 2016 with many Kenyans hoping South Africa would agree to review its visa requirements. It would be an affront to the people of South Africa for those found to be in violation of the country's guiding principles and laws to be provided with a "deal" or "a way out", simply because of who they are.

Mr Zuma has survived two previous attempts to fire him at the NEC since the public protector's initial report into the allegations of state capture by the Guptas.

Last month also saw Zuma suffer another blow when his vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, was elected ANC president after seeing off Zuma's former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The claim incensed safe-sex campaigners - not least because Zuma was head of the country's national AIDS council at the time.

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