The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture kicked off on Monday at Park Town in Johannesburg and it is expected to continue for a two-year period.
There were no witnesses called the stand on the first day but the head of the legal team Paul Pretorius gave a briefing which outlined the terms of reference of the inquiry.
EWN reporter Thando Kubheka says Pretorius said the terms of reference for the commission's legal team broadly depends on the amount of evidence they receive from members of the public regarding allegations of corruption and fraud at State-Owned Entities as well as other government organs.
Pretorius said the members of the legal team will be asking important questions and some of those questions include whether there was indeed state capture, is it continuing in the country and how can it be uprooted?— Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter
The legal team will also look at other members of the executive whether former President Jacob Zuma acted unlawfully in executing his duties and how ministerial dismissals impacted the government of the country.— Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo also raised some challenges faced by the Commission regarding issuing of the security clearance certificates for the inquiry staff.
He says that he is disappointed with cooperation from some government departments, specifically the state security agency. He says they haven't been working hand in hand with the commission in issuing those security clearance certificates because they need that highly classified information when these allegations to the commission come to light.— Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says in order for the commission to get to the bottom of state capture allegation, the civil service has to assist in providing key information.
The civil service is the engine of government. They execute decisions that are being made by politicians so evidence regarding state capture and undue influence of procurement processes it's only available through the civil service and civil servants needs to corporate.— Ralph Mathekga, Political analyst
Zondo has spoken about the non-participation of the members of the public in coming forward with information regarding state capture. Mathekga says a commission such as this should be taken seriously by both members of the public as well as civil servants.
We have been numbed as a nation to these reports where we are. A commission such as this is the best that we have as a nation and I think people should go out there express and give evidence to what they think is of relevance to the commission.— Ralph Mathekga, Political analyst
To hear the rest of the conversation with Ralph Mathekga, listen below:
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