Zuma is not off the hook on state capture: Maimane

Zuma finally appoints commission of inquiry into state capture

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.

President Jacob Zuma in the face of increased pressure to step down announced the establishment of a commission of inquiry into "state capture" to be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

President Jacob Zuma's statement, issued on the eve of a high-level ruling party meeting where his fate is a certain topic of discussion, said any further delay will make the public doubt the government's resolve to fight graft.

Maimane said the announcement was overdue.

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.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane wants the state capture inquiry to be expanded to cover issues not dealt with by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela's "State of Capture" report, News24 reported.

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At the beginning of her report, Madonsela's investigation was summarised as follows: "This report relates to an investigation into complaints of alleged improper and unethical conduct by the president and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of the Gupta family in the removal and appointment of ministers and directors of State Owned Entities (SOEs) resulting in improper and possibly corrupt award of state contracts and benefits to the Gupta family's businesses". Some of Ramaphosa's supporters had wanted to use the first gathering of the party's leaders to pass a motion of no-confidence in Zuma and have him recalled from the Union Buildings.

Zuma's announcement also follows a court ruling on December 14 that ordered the president to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days and to pay the costs of the investigation. This could result in an investigation that could span years and take the focus off the Gupta family.

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. The report delved into the Zuma administration's dealings with the Gupta family.

South Africa's main oppostion Democratic Alliance (DA) cheered the creation of the probe.

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.

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