The African National Congress clearly feels that the credit for the state capture inquiry should go to them. Dakota Legoete recently addressed media, claiming that the inquiry was the brainchild of the ruling party.
Spokesperson for the party, Dakota Legoete, claims that the commission had been established following the discovery of issues with state governance by the ANC.
Speaking to media before the ANC's NEC lekgotla in Pretoria, Legoete said:
“All structures of the ANC took a resolution to mandate the leadership of the ANC in government to establish a commission of inquiry which was signed off by the former president (Jacob Zuma) and is being implemented by President Cyril Ramaphosa.”
However, one could be forgiven for being skeptical, former president Jacob Zuma had stood in firm opposition of the establishment of the inquiry.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had investigated allegations the the Gupta family had maneuvered themselves into a position to benefit from their influence in political circles to the extent that it could be labelled 'state capture'.
The release of the report, that would later lead to the conception of the inquiries, suffered an attempt from ex-president Jacob Zuma and Minister Des van Rooyen to prevent its release.
On the 14th of October 2016 the two had applied for a court order preventing the publication of the release of the report. The minister's application had subsequently been dismissed while Zuma withdrew his own. The report had been released in November of the same year.
Madonsela's report recommended the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the issues it identified. The recommendation also included a full probe into the former president's dealings with the Guptas.
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