SACP: Appointment of state capture commission was long overdue

President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at the State Pavilion at the JKIA in Nairobi before the latter's return to his county

PRESIDENT ZUMA ANNOUNCES STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

Zuma announced the establishment of the commission, which is to be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, on Tuesday evening - ahead of the ANC's national executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

Last month, the ruling ANC elected Cyril Ramaphosa as party leader to replace Zuma, who stepped down amid corruption allegations, but will remain South Africa's president until nationwide elections in 2019.

In a statement released tonight by the presidential office, the president stated that in order to investigate and take actions related to complaints and allegations about the so-called capture of the State (participation of private companies in government efforts) made a decision to establish this 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.

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".

"Zuma has lied to us as a nation so many times, I take it with a pinch of salt when he says Zondo's name was given by [the] chief justice".

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In a statement, the party reiterated its March call for Zuma to step down.

Mkhwebane also said she would be available to assist with the development of the terms of reference if needed.

It is alleged the Gupta brothers - Tony, Ajay and Atul - used their influence with Zuma to obtain lucrative state contracts while Duduzane, who works for the Guptas, acted as proxy.

"We will not allow this commission to be another whitewash that absolves all politically-connected individuals from accountability, and where appropriate, prison".

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said the fact that Zuma wants to expand the terms of reference of the initial probe to include everybody involved in all state capture is further proof that Zuma will do everything possible to stay president of the country.

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