Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Twitter reacts to announcement of state capture commission

Twitter reacts to announcement of state capture commission

Cape Town - Within hours of a commission of inquiry into state capture being announced, the battle began over the crucial question of exactly what should be investigated.

While the South African media is interpreting president Jacob Zuma's announcement of a state capture inquiry as a sign of his capitulation, the devil may yet be found to be lurking in the detail.

The Constitutional Court had ruled almost two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence.

"The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty", Tuesday's statement said.

She said the commission's objective was to complete her report, and it should deal first with details that had arisen in it.

Zuma has said he will still appeal the high court's ruling regarding its "legality", but was nevertheless setting up the inquiry.

Mkhwebane, a former State Security Agency (SSA) employee, offered Zuma her assistance in developing the terms of reference for Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo's inquiry into state capture, adding that it should not be limited to the issues investigated or identified by Madonsela's probe.

Kenyatta's discussion with Zuma will focus on bridging the balance of trade which is now highly in favor of South Africa.

"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Madonsela's report recommended that an inquiry be set up to take her investigations, primarily into allegations of state capture by the Gupta family and their associates, further.

Last month the ANC's new head, Cyril Ramaphosa, vowed to wipe out corruption in the party's ranks. Some of Ramaphosa's supporters had wanted to use the first gathering of the party's leaders to pass a motion of no-confidence in Zuma and have him recalled from the Union Buildings.

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.

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