ANC wants a ju­di­cial in­quiry into state cap­ture

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The African Na­tional Congress now wants a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture es­tab­lished with­out de­lay.

ANC sec­re­tary­gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said the pro­posal was made by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma when he de­liv­ered the po­lit­i­cal re­port to the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC).

“The terms of ref­er­ence of such a com­mis­sion of in­quiry must be broad enough to un­cover the in­flu­ence of busi­ness on the state,” Man­tashe said.

The party said it also wanted a re­view of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s find­ings.

Zuma had ap­proached the court, chal­leng­ing for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s rec­om­men­da­tion that the chief jus­tice ap­point a judge to over­see the com­mis­sion. Zuma said on Fri­day that he was not op­posed to the com­mis­sion, but his le­gal team had ad­vised that the pub­lic pro­tec­tor had no le­gal right to tell him what to do.

“The NEC ex­pressed its de­sire to see all pro­cesses of re­view­ing the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s State of Cap­ture re­port ac­cel­er­ated so that they are not an ob­sta­cle to the speedy es­tab­lish­ment of the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion into state cap­ture,” Man­tashe said.

He said the com­mis­sion would go beyond the find­ings of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor, and in­ves­ti­gate the ex­tent of busi­ness in­flu­ence on the state from 1994. — News24.

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