Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mkhwebane seeks to broaden scope of state capture inquiry

Mkhwebane seeks to broaden scope of state capture inquiry

"It (Zuma's recall) never arose", Dlamini said. "I have made a decision to appoint a commission of inquiry".

Maimane pointed out that Zuma was still the subject of legal scrutiny after the North Gauteng High Court recently rejected his legal challenge to the public protector's state capture report‚ which had called for a commission of inquiry to be established.

South Africa's public protector called on Mr Zuma to establish the judicial commission of inquiry in November 2016, in order to investigate allegations that the Gupta business family had exploited ties with the president to influence government business, including cabinet appointments.

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.

Chief Justice Mogoeng has chosen his deputy, Ray Zondo, to head the inquiry, Mr Zuma said. "Should the commission come across state capture allegations that are not incidental to the main allegations or matters identified for investigation in the report, those will be scope creep", Madonsela said.

She said the commission's goal was to complete her report, and it should deal first with details that had arisen in it.

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Kenyatta's discussion with Zuma will focus on bridging the balance of trade which is now highly in favor of South Africa.

Zuma's about-turn comes a day before the new top leadership of the ruling African National Congress meets for the first time on Wednesday.

"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.

"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Ramaphosa, who is also deputy president, publicly supports Zuma, whose term does not officially end until 2019 when elections will be held, but he could be removed early through a motion of no confidence in parliament or at the ANC meeting.

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.

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