S. African president to appoint commission of inquiry into "state capture"

GBP to ZAR

GBP to ZAR

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said Zuma appointed the commission reluctantly after realising he had reached a cul-de-sac.

Zuma said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo - who was selected by Mogoeng - would lead the commission.

"I have appealed the cost order as well as the order regarding the duties of the president to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution", Zuma states.

Mkhwebane also said she would be available to assist with the development of the terms of reference if needed.

He said he made this decision after the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector and the order by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on December 14 previous year.

"Accordingly, by making more resources available, it is my honest hope that the commission will be able to reach many of those areas of concern that may not have been reached by the public protector's investigation, but form part of what she might have investigated, had she had sufficient resources to do so". "The leadership know the longer Zuma stays, the more damage it could do at the ballot box", said Susan Booysen, an author and professor at Johannesburg'sUniversity of the Witwatersrand.

According to Saxby, "in saying "there should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry", Zuma appears to have left the door open to an all-encompassing inquiry that could stretch back to corruption in the apartheid era".

"If the president is of the view that further commissions of inquiry should be commissioned to look at any other aspects not covered by the terms of reference and mandate of this commission then, and in that event, he has the power to appoint such further commissions".

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa on Wednesday wrote to Zondo.

The currency has traded in a narrow range in the week, leaning towards losses as it retraced the sharp gains in the final weeks of 2017 that saw it race to 2-1/2 year highs, ignoring a weak local economic outlook to outshine its EM peers.

Maseko also testified to Madonsela that Zuma had personally called him asking him to direct Government Communication and Information Services business to the family.

"The commission's terms of reference shouldn't be made so broad that the inquiry can't be done properly and that Zuma escapes in this way", said Groenewald.

Madonsela told News24 that the commission of inquiry may only focus on state capture allegedly committed by Zuma and Gupta families.

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