ZUMA SIGNS TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO STATE CAPTURE REPORT

PRETORIA, The long-awaited terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the State Capture Report by former Public protector (Ombudsman) Thuli Madonsela, have been signed by President Jacob Zuma.

The Justice Department, which announced this here Wednesday, added that the terms of reference would be officially released through a Government Gazette on Thursday.

The State of Capture Report dealt with the endemic allegations, levelled against the controversial Gupta business family which influenced the appointments of some cabinet Ministers and other cases of the exercise of undue influence over top officials of the State.

The signing of the terms of reference for the commission of inquiry will set the ball rolling for investigations to begin into those involved in the much-publicised corruption scandals, uncovered by former Public Protector Madonsela.

The State Capture Report also exposed the capture of some State-owned enterprises (SoEs) by the Guptas, to influence multi-billion-Rand tenders for projects.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said on Tuesday: The commission is still waiting for terms of reference to be finalised. The President, I think, is working on them.

Justice Department Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said Wednesday: Yesterday, the President signed the terms of reference after which Department of Justice is currently processing the publication thereof, in the government gazette, which is expected to be done on Thursday.

The scope of the inquiry is expected to be confined to the Public Protector’s Report. The corruption scandals impacted negatively on the country’s image and South Africa was rated among the lower-ranked corrupt nations of the world by Transparency International in its 2017 report.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK