Gwede Mantashe's response to Chief Justice Zondo's recommendations on cadre deployment raises crucial points for all of us. Notably, on the process' legitimacy. But leading up to 2024, Zondo's recommendations may just be moot in any case, given that the party's deployment track record to date has been so disastrous, says Khaya Sithole.
The release of the final instalment of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has ignited heated and polarising debates across the political spectrum. The end of the process that began all the way back in 2016 with an investigation by the erstwhile Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, also happens to be the beginning of an even longer process of reckoning with the findings and recommendations of the report.
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo – whose role to preside over the whole process has been notable for its tardiness and lethargy and harrowing testimonies, has finally handed the initiative back to the political role-players to carry on the process.