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We'll monitor State Capture inquiry closely - EFF
13 January 2018, 01:10 | Damon Campbell
Jacob Zuma relents on inquiry into South African state capture
"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 to ensure that the terms of reference are not limited to the issues investigated or identified in the State of Capture report".
On December 13, the Pretoria High Court held that Zuma must personally pay the costs of his bid to block the release of then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on state capture in 2016.
On Tuesday, Zuma announced that he had appointed Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to head the commission after the North Gauteng High Court last month ordered that the remedial action of the public protector was binding and he was directed to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days.
The North Gauteng High Court ordered at the end of previous year that the commission be set up within 30 days and the judge selected exclusively by Mogoeng, due to Zuma's conflict of interest.
Meokgo Matuba, the women's league secretary general, said her organisation was hopeful the inquiry would expose culprits involved in fraud and corruption by "capturing" parts of the state and rendering the country vulnerable and incapable of serving the people but certain individuals.
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Madonsela's investigation centred on state capture by Zuma's friends and family benefactors, the Guptas. We call on the Hawks and the NPA to stop dithering. "The "Gupta Leaks" has revealed much, and in some cases it is not necessary to wait for the inquiry to take place for prosecution to occur", Balton said.
In partnership with Nedbank, one of South Africa's largest banks, companies controlled by or connected to the Gupta family extracted more than 1 billion rand (US$ 67.2 million) from Transnet, a state-owned company charged with constructing rail, port, and other transportation infrastructure, the OCCRP reported in November following a massive data leak now available to journalists worldwide. "It is furthermore disappointing that the President still seeks to appeal this ruling", Balton said.
Zuma's surprise announcement was widely interpreted to have saved him from being recalled this week.
"Such broad terms would have the potential to bog down the inquiry, rendering it ineffective, but whether Zuma will emerge from this week's ANC conference in East London with enough power to influence the terms of reference will be instructive", she said.
"This matter can not wait any longer", Zuma said in a televised address to the nation.
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