Zondo to request extension for state capture commission

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
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  • Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has applied for an extension to the state capture commission's term.
  • The Zondo commission requires another three months to complete its work, Zondo said.
  • Some of the evidence still to be heard is that of former president Jacob Zuma.


Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has applied to the Gauteng High Court to have the term of the commission of inquiry into state capture extended to the end of June.

The commission's term had already been extended to the end of March, but Zondo has approached the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to have this extended to 30 June.

The commission was initially tasked with completing its work within 180 days. Its term has since been extended several times, with the last extension giving the commission until 31 March 2021 to complete its work. With this extension of 13 months, the High Court "included an order… to the effect that that extension was a 'final' one," Zondo said in his application.

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"As a result of the national lockdown, the commission was by law not allowed to hold public hearings from 27 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 and, as a result of the logistical arrangements that had to be made before the public hearings could resume, the commission could not hold public hearings in June 2020," Zondo said.

He estimates the commission is roughly three months behind schedule, hence the request for an additional three-month period.

Outstanding evidence still to be heard by the commission includes that of former president Jacob Zuma.

Despite a Constitutional Court decision compelling him to appear before the commission, Zuma has vowed to defy the order and has said he will not cooperate with the commission. Should he not appear before it on 15 February, the commission plans to announce further actions against Zuma.

"If the commission is not granted this extension, the commission will be denied the opportunity to prepare its report that must be submitted to the president," Zondo said.

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