Sunday, 21 January, 2018

South Africa's Zuma Announces Inquiry Into Alleged "State Capture"

Advocate Thuli Madonsela Jacob Zuma relents on inquiry into South African state capture
Stacy Diaz | 12 January, 2018, 17:34

South Africa's graft-tainted president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced a probe into corruption at the highest levels of the state after parliament indicated it would this week deliberate procedures for impeachment.

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, selected by the chief justice will head the commission, Zuma said in the statement.

The High Court in December rejected Zuma's arguments that he alone can set up the commission and ordered him to pay the cost of the case.

The announcement has sparked comments and conversation on Twitter.

"The ANCWL is confident that the Commission of Inquiry will not be influenced by any prior judgements passed through courts of public opinions which were instituted by neoliberal media houses", Matuba said in a statement.

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

In 2016 a damning report questioned Zuma's dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who allegedly were granted influence over his cabinet appointments.

Zuma had challenged the right of the Public Protector to call for a judicial inquiry and the appointment by the chief justice of a judge to head it, saying it was the president's prerogative whether to set up such an inquiry. Madonsela reportedly said: "There is nothing under the sun stopping president Zuma or any president from initiating 20 judicial inquiries into state capture by white monopoly capital".

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane wants the state capture inquiry to be expanded to cover issues not dealt with by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela's "State of Capture" report, News24 reported.

Last month also saw Zuma suffer another blow when his vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, was elected ANC president after seeing off Zuma's former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

It had been suggested that Wednesday's meeting of the ANC national executive committee might be used to sack Mr Zuma for failing to follow party orders to establish the inquiry, allowing Mr Ramaphosa to succeed him.

There has been much speculation that the party might try to force Mr Zuma out as president, now that he is no longer leader of the party.