Monday, 22 January, 2018

State capture inquiry: Mkhwebane differs with Madonsela on terms of reference

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association president Kebby Maphatsoe PRESIDENT ZUMA ANNOUNCES STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY
Preston Stone | 11 January, 2018, 09:50

Zuma's replacement as party leader by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, last month prompted widespread expectations of an early end to his time in office, which has been marred by persistent allegations of graft.

Soon after the ruling, Zuma applied to appeal the ruling, saying the decision to call for a commission of inquiry into state capture was based on "untested suspicions" and "prima facie evidence".

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) chose to establish this commission.

Cape Town - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane shared a different view than her predecessor Thuli Madonsela on the terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

"I have appealed the cost order as well as the order regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution".

Zuma said the commission should have more resources to reach areas of concern that may not have been reached by the former Public Protector's investigation.

"It is the work of the former Public Protector, her findings and remedial actions which saw the UDM and other parties in and out of court to force the matter to fruition; we have at last reached that point, where the truth will be revealed", wrote Holomisa.

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Valentine wouldn't speak to whether police have identified any suspects or persons of interest, but said no suspect is in custody. The sheriff's department also said the friend is not a suspect at this time.

The party says the president's conduct in delaying the appointment of the commission would have prevailed had it not been of mounting public pressure. Anyway, this is good news.

Maseko also testified to Madonsela that Zuma had personally called him asking him to direct Government Communication and Information Services business to the family.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo has raised concerns.

"It would be inappropriate for the president to decide the terms of reference for an investigation on allegations he is implicated", spokesperson Alex Mashilo said.

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

Madonsela released a report‚ titled State of Capture‚ in November previous year concerning allegations of an improper relationship between Zuma‚ other state officials and the Gupta family. "There is no room to expand the commission to include what was never investigated", she said.

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