Court grants Zondo Commission 13-month extension to wrap things up

Court grants Zondo Commission 13-month extension to wrap things up

- The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has been granted its second extension

- This comes after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo requested more time to conclude his work

- The State Capture Inquiry has now been given until the end of next March to wrap things up

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The North Gauteng High Court has granted another extension to the State Capture Inquiry.

This second extension has given the Commission of Inquiry until the end of March next year to conclude its investigation.

Judge Wendy Hughes granted the extension on Monday, directing President Cyril Ramaphosa to amend the proclamation to reflect this.

Handing down her ruling, Hughes accepted that the matter was indeed urgent and allowed for the commission to have the requested 13-month extension but marked it final, reports The Citizen.

The commission had been appointed in 2018 and was tasked with investigating allegations of public sector corruption and fraud along with claims of state capture.

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The commission had commenced in August of the same year and was given 180 days to carry out its mandate. reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was intent on streamlining proceedings and was considering two different methods of achieving this.

The first was to ask Ramaphosa to limit the terms of reference and the second was farming out certain aspects of the investigation.

The application to grant the extension was unopposed but The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (the respondent in the legal proceedings) called upon the judge to make this the last extension.

The council pointed out the urgency of the matter, saying that each extension took up resources that could be used by “bodies with a constitutional mandate to hold individuals accountable”.

The council said that South Africa needed to know how Zondo intended to complete his monumental task and when the remainder of this work would be finished.

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