- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo needs more time in order to fulfill his task of uncovering graft at the State Capture Inquiry
- An application has been sent to court seeking to extend the term of his commission
- Zondo says that, unless the extension is granted, the work done thus far would be rendered useless
The State Capture Inquiry was meant to draw to a close in February but Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has requested an extension.
In addition to approaching the court to move the deadline to the end of the year, Zondo wants to streamline the scope of his work.
The commission will now revert back to the original parameters as set out by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in the State of Capture report. The rest will be referred to other investigative bodies, reports the Mail & Guardian.
Zondo revealed in his application that he was having a tough time with how broad the terms of reference are.
Tasked with investigating unlawful, improper or unethical tenders from a municipal to a national level, the inquiry could take years to conclude:
“The difficulty is simply that the width of terms of reference of the commission is such that the commission would have to go for about five if not six years in order to investigate every matter that falls within its mandate as reflected in its terms of reference as they presently stand."
Even though Zondo intends to cast his attention to fewer allegations, graft at state-owned entities like Eskom, Transnet, Denel and the SABC still need to be investigated.
Zondo is adamant that his court application was urgent, with everything achieved thus far on the line:
“If the relief sought is not granted by the end of February 2020, this will mean that the objectives underlying the commission and its work will be rendered nugatory.”
Briefly.co.za reported that one of the inquiry's most high-profile witnesses to date, Jacob Zuma, has failed to return on scheduled dates.
The former president claims to be battling a mystery illness, with rumors circulating that he sought out medical treatment in Cuba.
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