9 January 2018

South Africa: State Capture Inquiry - Zuma Under Pressure, Announces Commission Headed By Deputy Chief Justice Zondo

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President Jacob Zuma, facing increased pressure to step down ahead of Wednesday's NEC meeting, has announced the establishment of a commission of inquiry into "state capture" to be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. While Zuma said he had appealed a December 2017 high court ruling with regard to his duties as President in appointing the commission, as well as an order that he personally pay costs of his unsuccessful application to interdict the release of the State of Capture Report, the matter "could no longer wait". The move could be viewed as a tactical attempt at thwarting the bid to oust him. By MARIANNE THAMM.

President Zuma, in a statement on Tuesday evening, said that while he had appealed the cost order as well as that regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution, allegations of state capture were "of paramount importance" and were therefore "deserving of finality and certainty".

Zuma added that while he questioned the "unprecedented legal implications of the order directing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to select a judge to head the commission", he had requested the Chief Justice to provide him with the...

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