Fact check: How much have SA's inquiries cost the state thus far?

Fact check: How much have SA's inquiries cost the state thus far?

- The various inquiries into state capture are said to have cost a total of just under R300 million

- These funds cover a number of expenses, including witnesses' legal fees

- The process is slow, however, as these inquiries are investigative rather than prosecutorial

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Over the last two years there have been four judicial inquiries into state capture.

In total, these commissions of inquiry are estimated to have cost the state over R297.1 million.

This includes funding for venues, logistics, salaries for those involved and, of course, the legal fees for witnesses.

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According to fin24, the state paid Jacob Zuma's legal fees when he testified before the Zondo Commission several weeks ago. 

The Zondo Commission has been the most expensive inquiry by a considerable margin, with total costs standing at R230 million, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The PIC Commission comes next at R5.5 million, then the SARS Commission at R8.8 million and lastly the Mokgoro Inquiry at R3.6 million.

Since they were established, these inquiries have dominated headlines and produced a series of revelations. However, many South Africans continue to wait in anticipation for these commissions to result in convictions for those implicated in state capture.

This process has been slow, as the inquires are investigate rather than prosecutorial in nature. Additionally, judges are not able to issue court orders but can only make recommendations to the president.

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Some citizens' patience appears to be wearing thin, however. According to an online poll by Times Live, more than 55% of respondents said they doubted that any corrupt individuals would end up behind bars.

This poll is based on a small sample size and is not definitive, but it offers a glimpse into how some citizens feel about the commissions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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