The State of Capture inquiry headed by deputy chief justice Ray Zondo has commenced.
The commission will be hearing testimonies into allegations of widespread corruption and abuse of power by senior government officials including former president Jacob Zuma.
Former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC member Vytjie Mentor are expected to part of the first witnesses to give testimony.
The commission was ironically instituted by former president Jacob Zuma in January after he was pretty much forced into doing it.— Pieter du Toit, News24 Assistant Editor
It will look at the Guptas; the former President's involvement with the Guptas and I think that is the major focus for the public and us journalists.— Pieter du Toit, News24 Assistant Editor
When the commission was announced, there were calls to have it investigate state capture dating back to the 90s and when the democratic government took over.
It would take too long. Our country has been subjected to state capture for the last couple of years and it has had a major bearing on our national finances; politics and it led to the state seemingly being sold out to the highest bidder.— Pieter du Toit, News24 Assistant Editor
[LIVE BLOG] The Zondo Commission is officially underway to address allegations of improper job offers to Mcebisi Jonas and Vytjie Mentor by the Guptas... Follow EWN's live blog for rolling updates.https://t.co/UOhVWacAqu#StateCapture #StateCaptureInquiry pic.twitter.com/zTql3YMAOL— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Professor Mark Swilling from the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University says it is up to every citizen to make sure that the commission succeeds.
I think it has the necessary mandate and judicial capacity to really make a difference.— Professor Mark Swilling, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University
A lot depends on how the chairperson of the commission, Zondo is going to interpret that and what pressures he is going to come under.— Professor Mark Swilling, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University
There seem to be positive views about his independence and there is a political context which is favourable.— Professor Mark Swilling, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo: Today marks the first day of the commission, its background is known to all of us. As we all know the report of the Public Protector was released in October 2016, the judgment of the North Gauteng High Court was in December 2017. TK— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 20, 2018
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