DA leader Mmusi Maimane has cautiously welcomed President Jacob Zuma's decision to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of state capture.
"The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty", Tuesday's statement said.
The commission must seek to uncover not just the conduct of some, but of all those who may have rendered our state or parts thereof vulnerable to control by forces other than the public for which government is elected.
Madonsela recommended Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng name a practicing judge to lead the inquiry into her. "Until then, civil society and the public in general, will continue calling for Zuma's removal from office", Balton said.
I urge everyone to cooperate with the commission of inquiry.
The North Gauteng High Court ordered at the end of previous year that the commission be set up within 30 days and the judge selected exclusively by Mogoeng, due to Zuma's conflict of interest.
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Similar sentiments were expressed by President Zuma during his announcement of the appointment of the inquiry.
Judges have said the commission of inquiry must complete its work within six months of being established. On Tuesday evening, a few hours before the ANC's new national executive committee was due to discuss his possible recall, Zuma announced the establishment of the Zondo Commission.
Finally, we welcome this as an important victory of the EFF as champions of the Zupta Must Fall campaign which has been challenging the capture of the state by the Gupta family as business partners of Zuma.
Mkhwebane, a former State Security Agency (SSA) employee, offered Zuma her assistance in developing the terms of reference for Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo's inquiry into state capture, adding that it should not be limited to the issues investigated or identified by Madonsela's probe.
Ramaphosa, who is also deputy president, publicly supports Zuma, whose term does not officially end until 2019 when elections will be held, but he could be removed early through a motion of no confidence in parliament or at the ANC meeting.