Thuli moots state cap­ture in­quiry

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TSHEGO LEPULE

THULI Madon­sela has again called for a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture re­ports to once and for all prove or dis­prove whether com­pa­nies aligned to the Gup­tas and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma con­trolled the coun­try.

The ex-pub­lic pro­tec­tor told the Cape Town Press Club yes­ter­day that, based on her probe into the state cap­ture al­le­ga­tions, she had started ques­tion­ing who re­ally ran this coun­try.

Madon­sela was discussing with guests her ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing her time at the helm of the Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion for the past seven years. Madon­sela said one of the most im­por­tant things the gov­ern­ment needed to do was to bridge the gap of mis­trust be­tween the state and its peo­ple.

She said the set­ting up of a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into claims that the Gupta fam­ily had un­due in­flu­ence over the gov­ern­ment was a good place to start. This fol­lows claims by Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Men­tor that they had been of­fered cab­i­net posts by the Gup­tas.

Madon­sela said that with­out the com­mis­sion, the coun­try might never know if those al­le­ga­tions were false. In her opin­ion, the in­quiry would pro­vide an open, trans­par­ent plat­form to fi­nally clar­ify whether there was un­due in­flu­ence by the Gup­tas in ap­point­ing cab­i­net ministers or board mem­bers to state-owned en­ter­prises.

Zuma was too heav­ily im­pli­cated in the mat­ter to ap­point the com­mis­sion’s head, she added.

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