Zondo Commission's lead investigator Frank Dutton dies aged 72

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Lead State Capture Inquiry investigator Frank Dutton has died.
Lead State Capture Inquiry investigator Frank Dutton has died.
  • Lead State Capture Commission of Inquiry investigator Frank Dutton has died.
  • According to multiple sources, Dutton died as a result of health problems.
  • He had been working with the Investigating Directorate on cases involving the State Security Agency.

Lead State Capture Commission of Inquiry investigator Frank Dutton - who had been working with the Investigating Directorate on cases involving the State Security Agency - has died.

Dutton, 72, was one of the first investigators that inquiry chairperson acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo thought of when he assembled its investigation team. 

"This was because of Mr Dutton's reputation as a very good investigator who had been involved in the investigation of violence on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal, among others, for the Goldstone Commission," he said.

Zondo added he was saddened to hear of Dutton's death.

"This country benefitted immensely from his skill and dedication. Many other countries also benefitted from his experience and skill. We are grateful to Mr Dutton for his commitment to the work of the commission," he said.

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According to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Dutton was one of South Africa's fearless warriors for justice and the rule of law.

"Mr Dutton dedicated his life to this noble cause. Mr Dutton was working for the NPA's [National Prosecuting Authority] Investigating Directorate [ID] after his work at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. He was a seasoned and highly skilled investigator who worked for the SAPS for 40 years," NDPP spokesperson Mthunzi Mhanga said.

NDPP advocate Shamila Batohi added: "Mr Dutton's passing is a huge loss to the fight for justice and accountability, and to our country. However, justice and the rule of law will prevail."

Multiple sources have confirmed to News24 that Dutton died on Wednesday as a result of health problems.

"This is massive loss," a source within the NPA said. "Frank was an incredible investigator. His abilities really are unmatched."
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