Inquiry into state capture begins today
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Cape Town – The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture starts in Johannesburg today. The proceedings will be led by Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, where witnesses will testify on the findings of the state capture report.

The Commissions Act allows for any premise to be entered and investigated, relevant parties to testify as well as ensure all important documents are handed over. The commision can take any matter for further investigation or prosecution.

It is reported that Zondo has asked former Presdient, Jacob Zuma, whether he would like to provide more information regarding his dealings with the Guptas during his term of office. If Zuma agrees he will have to answer about his involvement with the Guptas and also be able to ask other witnesses about matters relevant to state capture.

Another expected witness is former finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, who reported in 2016 that he was offered the position by Ajay Gupta. This followed the dismissal of Nhlanhla Nene. Jonas says that large institutions must have systems in place to fight corruption. He appealed to citizens to not fall prey to those who distract attention by creating “false enemies”.

Other witnesses expected to appear include former ANC MP Mabel Petronella Mentor, former government spokesperson Themba Maseko and former government communications Deputy Director-General Phumla Williams.

South Africans will be able to hear direct accounts from state capture whistle-blowers on what activity the Guptas and other parties were involved in.

Zondo will be assisted by the head of the investigations team, Terence Nombembe and advocates Paul Pretorius, Vincent Maleka, Leah Gcabashe and Thandi Norman.

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