Zondo Commission applies for yet another extension

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
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The Zondo Commission has filed urgent papers to seek yet another extension to complete its three-year long investigation into state capture. 

The commission's chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, asked for an extension until 31 December.

The previous extension, granted in June, expires on 30 September. 

In his founding affidavit, Zondo said he initially thought he and his team would have completed the first draft on various topics by the end of June, second draft by the third week of August, and third and final drafts between 10 and 15 September.

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He said:

Although some of the first drafts, under different topics, were completed by the end of July, most only got completed in the course of August, and yet some are being completed now in September.

"I need to point out that the amount of work involved under the different topics or work streams is not the same. The work involves the preparation of summaries and analysis of evidence led over a period of three years, in which more than 330 witnesses testified."

Zondo said they would not complete their report by the end of September.

He added one of the people on his team, who was supposed to prepare summaries and analyses of evidence on two topics, fell sick and had not been to work for a month which contributed to the delay.

"For that reason, he has not been able to submit his first drafts. However, he is close to full recovery now and I believe that I will receive his first drafts on the two topics by the end of September or in the first week of October. One of his topics is complex and it would have been difficult to shift it to someone."

Zondi said he only got enough drafts to estimate how much time his team needed to finish at the end of August/first week of September, adding this was one of the reasons he did not apply for the extension sooner.

The application is expected to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 28 September. 

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