Zondo: Inquiry has cost more than R100m, will be seeking extension

Zondo: Inquiry has cost more than R100m, will be seeking extension

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has revealed that more that R100 million has been spent on the state capture inquiry. Zondo says that the commission is due to conclude its work mid-2020, despite a March deadline.

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Speaking to the SABC, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo noted that more that R100 million had been spent on his commission since it started a year ago.

Zondo, who chairs the commission and is South Africa's second-highest judicial officer, also revealed that the inquiry would be asking for an extension to continue its work.

The Deputy Chief Justice says that while the deadline is for March 2020, he aims to finish hearing evidence in the first half of next year, but this would rely on a court-granted extension.

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Touching on the work of the inquiry, Zondo was adamant that impunity would not be allowed to prevail, highlighting the importance of serving corrupt politicians with consequences to their actions.

The inquiry will also be investigating both individuals and institutions that failed in their roles, allowing for state capture to prevail.

Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma's testimony at the inquiry had been marred by delay tactics, resulting in his testimony being moved to a later date.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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