South Africa: State Capture Inquiry – Mkhwebane Reacts, Raising More Questions Than Answers

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Wednesday welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture. She called for the terms of reference to be as broad as possible, which was welcomed by some, but also raises concerns. By GREG NICOLSON.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mkhwebane said Zuma should not limit the terms of reference for a commission of inquiry into state capture to the findings of her predecessor Thuli Madonsela’s report, but ensure the terms are broad enough to cover allegations concerning the state and all its entities.

Zuma announced on Tuesday evening a commission of inquiry into state capture would be established and led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to “investigate allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa”, but the details of the inquiry are yet to be released.

The terms of reference will determine whether extensive evidence against the Guptas, Zuma and his administration, and their allies in business, is further investigated or buried under wider claims of wrongdoing.

Madonsela recommended Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng name a practicing judge to lead the inquiry into her…

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