What everyone is missing in Zuma's state capture announcement

Public Protector Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane is seen during a press briefing held at her offices 4 December 2017 Pretoria

What everyone is missing in Zuma's state capture announcement

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found the Public Protector's report on State Capture was binding and ordered the president pay the legal costs of opposing the remedial action put forward.

09 de enero de 2018, 16:37Pretoria, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) South African President Jacob Zuma announced today the creation of a commission to investigate alleged cases of corruption and will be chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo.

Zuma said he requested the Chief Justice to provide him with the name of the judge to head the commission.

A previous investigation into the issue of state capture was not completed due to a lack of resources but former public protector Thuli Madonsela said she was encouraged by Zuma's reference to it.

"The matter can not wait any longer", he said, adding: "I have made a decision to appoint a commission of inquiry". "The president's conduct delaying the appointment of the commission would have further prevailed had it not been (for) mounting public pressure".

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"I will only put myself forward to a judicial commission of inquiry, not just a simple commission, and secondly, one that is formed in 100% adherence to the prescripts of Madonsela and as endorsed by the court", Mentor told News24.

"That matter was not for any discussion or debate", ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said in response to a question about whether Zuma's future was discussed or would be raised.

"By making more resources available‚ it is my honest hope that the commission‚ will be able to reach many of those areas of concern that may not have been reached by the Public Protector's investigation‚ but form part of what she might have investigated‚ had she had sufficient resources to do so".

The report recommended that‚ because Madonsela did not have enough funds to finalise the investigation‚ Zuma appoint a commission of inquiry to complete the investigation.

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. "It is two years too late, if you look at when the first whistle-blowing happened, and more than a year after I had asked him to establish a commission".

The ANC's elective conference in Johannesburg last month ruled the inquiry should be expedited. Now, however, he has been forced into offering it his full support.

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