Public Protector encourages broad terms of reference for state capture inquiry

Cyril Ramaphosa during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017


Former public protector Thuli Madonsela also pointed out that the commission of inquiry may only focus on state capture allegedly committed by the Zuma and Gupta families, reported News24.

"I have only appealed the orders to the extent that they set a particular precedent for the office of the president of the republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty", the statement read.

"It is of such serious public concern that any further delay will make the public doubt government's determination to dismantle all forms of corruption‚ and entrench the public perception that the state has been captured by private interests for nefarious and self-enrichment purposes".

Zuma was vague on the terms of reference of the commission, only saying that it will reach "areas of concern that may not have been reached by the Public Protector's investigation" because of lack of resources.

"I have decided that‚ while the issues determined by the order require final determination by higher courts‚ this matter (state capture) can not wait any longer".

"I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention", Zuma said in the statement on the establishment of the inquiry.

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"As part of her responsibility to monitor the implementation of the remedial action, the Public Protector shall be available to assist, if necessary, in the development of the terms of reference, to ensure the full and successful investigation of alleged state capture in the republic".

He's spent years fighting a bid by opposition parties to have those charges reinstated and fending off allegations that he allowed the members of the Gupta family, who are his friends and are in business with his son, to influence cabinet appointments and the award of state contracts.

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said the fact that Zuma wants to expand the terms of reference of the initial probe to include everybody involved in all state capture is further proof that Zuma will do everything possible to stay president of the country.

She says while she welcomes his decision, crucial evidence may have been lost or compromised.

While the rand did reach a two-session best of 12.2775 briefly on Tuesday, gaining around 1 percent on rumours that President Jacob Zuma has stepped down, it quickly retreated to above 12.30.

The ANC's elective conference in Johannesburg last month ruled the inquiry should be expedited.

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