Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling

13 January, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • FILE President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the ANC's 54th national conference on 16 December 2017

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".

"I welcome the president's announcement" said Madonsela.

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.

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.

Asked whether this meant Zondo was not able to include allegations of state capture prior to 1994 in his investigation, Madonsela responded in the affirmative.

But on Wednesday, Madonsela told News24 that the inquiry could not go further than the scope of her report. Zuma lost that application but said he intends appealing. We welcome the fact that he appointed a judge exclusively recommended by the Chief Justice.

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"The ANCWL is confident that the Commission of Inquiry will not be influenced by any prior judgements passed through courts of public opinions which were instituted by neoliberal media houses", Matuba said in a statement.

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.

According to Saxby, "in saying "there should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry", Zuma appears to have left the door open to an all-encompassing inquiry that could stretch back to corruption in the apartheid era". 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.

Zuma had, until now, been reluctant to appoint the commission on the basis that he wanted the courts to clarity certain aspects of Madonsela's ruling he was not happy with.

On Twitter, constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos pointed out that this created the perception that Zuma was prepared to act in a way that he considered to be unconstitutional in order to pursue political motives.

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