Zuma Says State Capture Inquiry on the Cards

President Jacob Zuma says he has announced his intention to establish a commission of inquiry into state capture.

The President said this when he fielded oral questions at the National Assembly on Thursday.

He was responding to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

“I wish to make it categorically clear that I have never instructed or directed any state institution to give contracts to anyone…

“Having said that, the issues raised by the leader of opposition in his question are similar to the issues that were investigated by the Public Protector in the report titled ‘State of Capture’.

“I have stated on numerous occasions my intention to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate matters raised in the report. I am pursuing this course. I deem this to be in the public interest in the course of good governance and accountability,” he said.

The President did not make it clear when his repeated intentions to set up an inquiry will actually progress beyond intentions into an actual inquiry.

In responding to a supplementary question from NFP MP Ahmed Shaik Imam, who had asked if the terms of reference of the probe would enable the inquiry to be expanded in terms of date and scope, the President said the terms of reference would take the matter into consideration. Mainly sourced: SANews.gov.za