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What everyone is missing in Zuma's state capture announcement

12 January 2018

Zuma said he would appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations that the Gupta family was allowed to influence state decisions and that he would abide by a court ruling for the Chief Justice to select its leader.

The Court ordered that, among other things, the remedial action of the Public Protector is binding and that the President is directed to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days, headed by a judge exclusively selected by the Chief Justice.

"The matter can not wait any longer", he said, adding: "I have chose to appoint a commission of inquiry".

President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday evening that chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had appointed his deputy to head a commission of inquiry into political corruption, which was recommended in an October 2016 report by the previous public protector Thuli Madonsela.

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The commission must seek to uncover not just the conduct of some, but of all those who may have rendered our state or parts thereof vulnerable to control by forces other than the public for which government is elected.

She has called on Zuma to ensure the terms of reference are broad enough to include the capture of all state institutions and state-owned entities (SOEs).

Mkhwebane has called on Zuma to ensure that Zondo has the power to "expand the issues to be investigated, should any relevant evidence of state capture be brought to him during the inquiry", an approach Madonsela differs from vehemently.

He will also attend the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations in East London on Saturday.

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Last month the ANC's new head, Cyril Ramaphosa, vowed to wipe out corruption in the party's ranks.

Ramaphosa, who is also deputy president, publicly supports Zuma, whose term does not officially end until 2019 when elections will be held, but he could be removed early through a motion of no confidence in parliament or at the ANC meeting.

An NEC member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the party's Top Six confined the meeting's agenda to the preparation of the January 8 statement when it finalised it on Tuesday night. Zuma lost that application but said he intends appealing.

Zuma's supporters say he is not going anywhere and have vowed to defend him.

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What everyone is missing in Zuma's state capture announcement