Karyn Maughan | Zondo Commission cash crunch puts brakes on state capture prosecutions

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.
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The non-payment of key Zondo Commission investigators and staff has had a devastating impact on South Africa’s most ambitious corruption inquiry. It also blocks crucial prosecutions from going ahead, writes Karyn Maughan.

Prosecutions linked to the corruption evidence uncovered by the State Capture Inquiry – including the dormant Estina Dairy Project case – are being delayed by a commission cash crunch that has seen staff and investigators not being paid for months.

The commission’s increasingly desperate financial situation, which the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says it is currently attempting to resolve, saw it ask the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate to contribute towards its investigation and legal costs earlier this year.

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