The commission of inquiry into State Capture is officially a reality. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced this week that a team of six commissioners and additional investigators have already begun their work probing allegations of State Capture. Thus far, the commission’s composition has been greeted with cautious optimism – but some fairly significant concerns remain. By REBECCA DAVIS.
It’s a sign of the times that one of the important factors Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had to address while introducing the commission of inquiry into State Capture was whether its members would remain safe.
Zondo said that providing security for the team was a priority. He added that the names of the investigators assisting commissioners could not be released – “for understandable reasons”.
This is, clearly, a high-stakes affair.
As a result, ears were pricked for any indications that the commission’s work might be hindered from the get-go, either through the composition of its commissioners or its terms of reference. Under President Jacob Zuma, few dared hope that the commission would produce much of value. Under President Cyril Ramaphosa, expectations are now somewhat higher.
First, the commissioners. Justice Zondo announced that the team of six would be headed by…
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