Zuma speaks up on state cap­ture re­port

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - REFILWE MAGASHULE news@the­newage.co.za

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma stood his ground by de­scrib­ing the for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela State of Cap­ture re­port as a po­lit­i­cal tool.

Dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with ANN7 and The New Age, Zuma was asked about the pop­u­lar nar­ra­tive that holds him and the Gup­tas re­spon­si­ble for state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion. Zuma replied by say­ing the term state cap­ture was be­ing used for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

“It is wrong, this term state cap­ture is used for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. Par­lia­ment or the ex­ec­u­tive are not cap­tured. They talk about in­di­vid­u­als but claim the state has been cap­tured,” he said.

The re­port rec­om­mended Zuma es­tab­lish a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture and that chief jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng choose the judge to pre­side over the in­quiry.

The re­port looked into whether Zuma’s friends, the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily, had un­due in­flu­ence over the ex­ec­u­tive. Zuma took the rec­om­men­da­tion on re­view, ar­gu­ing that only he had the author­ity to ap­point the judge.

“When I es­tab­lish the com­mis­sion of in­quiry, one thing they will have to es­tab­lish is what is state cap­ture? Is that phrase cor­rect? If one per­son is cap­tured you can’t make it grand by call­ing it state cap­ture,” Zuma said.

On whether the state cap­ture re­port was in­con­clu­sive, Zuma said: “I can­not an­swer, I don’t know why it was done. Many peo­ple were wait­ing for in­ter­views to clar­ify their po­si­tion. I think there were po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, that this re­port was to be used to deal with a num­ber of other peo­ple.”

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