South Africa: Fierce Urgency of Now - an Interim State Capture Report Could Speed Up Prosecutions

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While Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has applied to extend the commission of inquiry into State Capture for a further 10 months, clear evidence of serious corruption and fraud are piling up. Now there are growing calls for the commission to issue an interim report to enable a speedy and firm flush of the rot still lodged in the system.

As the Zondo commission resumed on Monday 20 January, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo expressed surprise at the watertight case turned up by a PwC forensic investigation into Umhlanga businessman and friend of the Zuma family, Thoshan Panday, and the SAPS officers who colluded with him to defraud taxpayers of R60-million.

Forensic auditor Trevor White set out in great detail how the shakedown was planned and executed long before the 2010 Fifa World Cup rolled into town.

SAPS Supply Chain Management big cheese, Colonel Navin Madhoe, and Panday immediately recognised the golden goose that shimmered on the horizon. SAPS members would have to be accommodated during matches in Durban - lots of SAPS members. And what better way to milk the system than rig tenders with hugely inflated costs.

To say nothing of the R2-million bribe Madhoe offered - and...

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