The chairman of the inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, briefed reporters earlier Wednesday, detailing how the commission has sat for 418 days so far and has more than 730,000 transcripts to process.
President Cyril Ramaphosa during the state inquiry into the capture on April 29, 2021 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Photo: Abigail Javier / Eyewitness News
JOHANNESBURG – The State Capture Commission will hear oral testimony from around six people, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, before focusing on formulating the critical report that will be used, among others, by law enforcement to act against those suspected of fraud and corruption.
The chairman of the inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, briefed reporters earlier Wednesday, explaining how the commission had sat for 418 days so far and had more than 730,000 transcripts to process.
The commission was set up following the recommendation of former public protector Thuli Madonsela to open an investigation into corruption and fraud in the public sector.
As the commission’s work draws to a close, the country’s attention is now turning to its repercussions and costs.
With around R 1 billion spent to date, Zondo said the commission was worth much more than rands and cents.
“It is about strengthening our democracy, it is about being accountable, it is about saying what measures should be put in place so that the number of looting that has taken place does not happen again.
However, the generally invariably courteous Zondo seemed a little moved when he spoke of the personal cost of the investigation.
“It was difficult for me and my family but I accepted this job, a very difficult job to do and I accepted this job. A very important job for the country to do.
Zondo said there would be no interim report once all the information available to them was consolidated, but rather a final report which he said would be completed by September.