Zondo To Request Extension of State Capture Inquiry Term To September

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says that he is going to ask the High Court to extend his term to the end of September so that he may hear President Ramaphosa and five other crucial witnesses testify. 

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, chairperson of the state inquiry said on Thursday that he will be applying to the High Court for a three month extension from July to September 2021. 

Zondo said that he was looking to hear President Cyril Ramaphosa testify at the end of June but if the High Court granted him more time he would hear the President and five other crucial witnesses in July. According to him, those witnesses included the alleged looting of the State Security Agency and former Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

"In the course of this morning, I will sign the affidavit that forms part of the application papers that must be lodged in the High Court where the commission will ask the High Court for an extension of time. We're going to ask for an extension of time from the end of June up to the end of September," Deputy Chief Justice Zondo said.

This will be the fourth extension of its lifespan that the commission will be applying for to the dismay of finance minister Tito Mboweni who had stated that there was no more money to fund the inquiry after its previous extension. 

The costs of running the commission is now at R1 billion which includes payment of fees to evidence leaders and investigators, and other administrative costs.

However, Justice Zondo says that the extension is necessary in order to do a thorough job. 

"I'm going to repeat that. I will not end the work of the commission in an irresponsible manner because I want to satisfy those who demand that the commission should finish. Secondly, to complete oral evidence, we will act properly, we will act in a responsible manner, we will not act in a haphazard manner or abruptly." -Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. 

He says that he knows that the South African public is fatigued with the inquiry but insists that it is necessary so that the country may fight against corruption. 

“I am keen that the work of the commission will be completed as soon as possible. One thing I will not do is to end the work of the commission in an irresponsible manner.

“When I started with this commission, I made it clear that we will do our work properly. That remains very important. We will not seek to act in a haphazard manner.” -Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. 

Justice Zondo says that the extension will be used to compile his report and that he is confident it would be wrapped up by the end of August. 

 

 

 

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