State Capture inquiry to start on August 20

2018-07-27 12:30
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture will officially begin on August 20.

Zondo made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday.

"The hearings will take no less than three weeks. There is a chance that they could take longer than that," Zondo said.

"We are not saying the hearings will start from a certain date up to a certain date. We will be guided by evidence led at the time."

Zondo also told reporters that he was concerned that not enough people were coming forward with information that could assist the inquiry.

He added that members of the public with relevant information should come forward.  

"We will seek to strike a balance to ensure that there is no delay… at the same time we want to ensure that the job is done properly," he said. 

He said he would approach President Cyril Ramaphosa to raise matters of delayed security clearances and would ask him to intervene.

"I believe that whatever delays have happened may just be issues of inefficiency, incompetence or other factors. The regulations were very clear that all government departments must cooperate with the commission."

Earlier this week, Zondo welcomed a decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, which granted his request for an order to extend the inquiry for a further two years.

"It brings relief to the commission, the secretary and his staff, the commission's legal team and investigators since we are given more time to do this very important work...," Zondo said on Tuesday.

Zondo launched an urgent application on July 19, asking for an order extending the 180 days within which the commission is required to complete its work.

The period of 180 days was included in the remedial action of the State of Capture report released by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in October 2016.

On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria granted an order calling upon various persons, including the president and the Public Protector, to show cause as to why the period of 180 days should not be extended by 24 months, calculated from March 1.

The court also made an order to the effect that, pending the return day, the period of 180 days mentioned in its order of December 13, 2017 "is extended for a further 24 months calculated from 1 March 2018".

The order of December 13, 2017, was made by the court when it dismissed the review application that had been brought by former president Jacob Zuma.

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