Twitter reacts to announcement of state capture commission

Katrina Barker
January 13, 2018

"During the talks this afternoon, President Kenyatta and President Zuma will seek to review the progress in the implementation of earlier signed agreements and explore new areas to deepen the fraternal ties between Kenya and South Africa", State House said.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's president said Tuesday he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party, declaring "this matter can not wait any longer".

Zuma said in a statement: "The matter can not wait any longer".

On Tuesday, Zuma said that he only appealed the orders to the extent that "they set a particular precedent for the Office of the President of the Republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty". "His hand has been forced", said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance.

Allegations of state capture have emerged in recent years, with the wealthy Gupta family at the centre of the controversy.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane wants the state capture inquiry to be expanded to cover issues not dealt with by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela's "State of Capture" report, News24 reported. 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.

"Pursuant to the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector regarding complaints and allegations of the State of Capture, as well as the orders issued by the North Gauteng High Court in its judgment of 14 December 2017, I have made a decision to appoint a Commission of Inquiry", Zuma said in a statement.

The political turmoil over the numerous corruption allegations has hurt South Africa's economy, which briefly dipped into recession previous year. He, as well as the controversial Gupta family and other members of the Zuma family, are named in the report.

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.

The Guptas relocated to South Africa from India in 1993 and have allegedly used their vast wealth to wield influence over the government.

"Such broad terms would have the potential to bog down the inquiry, rendering it ineffective, but whether Zuma will emerge from this week's ANC conference in East London with enough power to influence the terms of reference will be instructive", she said.

Mlambo said there was no basis for Zuma's application to interdict the release of the report.

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