11 June 2017

South Africa: State Capture - Lobby Groups Approach Concourt to Ask Ramaphosa to Set Up Commission of Inquiry

The Constitutional Court has been approached by the Quaker Peace Centre, The FW de Klerk Foundation and AfriForum, represented by a team of lawyers assembled by Accountability Now, seeking the urgent appointment by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of an independent commission of inquiry into state capture. The organisations argue that the urgent and direct application is being made based on Section 90 (1) of the Constitution which relates to a conflict of interest with regard to President Jacob Zuma's appointment of such a commission as he and members of his family are deeply implicated. By MARIANNE THAMM.

Should President Jacob Zuma appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture there would be a considerable risk that he would find himself, as well as members of his immediate family, exposed to potential civil and criminal liability for their alleged participation in the capture of the state.

So argue the applicants, the Quaker Peace Centre, the FW de Klerk Foundation and Afriforum, who last week directly approached the Constitutional Court seeking an order that, because of this serious conflict of interest with regards to President Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa assume the powers and functions of the President in appointing an independent...

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