- Democratic Alliance Leader John Steenhuisen wants the president and the State Capture commission chair to come clean
- He wants President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to explain why the release of final chapter of the report is delayed
- Steenhuisen believes that Ramaphosa wants the report release date stalled because it directly implicates him in state capture
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JOHANNESBURG - Leader of the Democratic Alliance John Steenhuisen calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to explain the reasons for the postponement of the State Capture commission report.
He said another postponement of the final State Capture commission report was “wrong and deeply unethical" on Monday 20 June.
Steenhuisen calls on the president and judge Zondo to explain the nature of their meeting, who initiated it, and why it was permitted to go ahead. TimesLIVE reported that he said it is evident that the meeting conflicts with the principles of independence and justice.
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo set to deliver final part of State Capture report to Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday
The final chapter of the State Capture inquiry was due to be released on 15 June which was pushed to 19 June. On Monday 20 June the commission and presidency announced it would be released on Wednesday 22 June.
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The commission noted challenges involving the processing of the report, according to Eyewitness News.
Steenhuisen believes that Ramaphosa wants the report release date stalled because “it directly implicates him in state capture”. He added that the delay comes at a time when trust in the presidency is at an all-time low.
Steenhuisen said any suggestion that the president may be interfering with the independent work of the commission or manipulating the timing of the report’s release is rightfully met with suspicion.
SA unimpressed with delay
State capture: Arthur Fraser likely to be the focus of the latest Zondo Commission report handed to Ramaphosa
South Africans believe the postponement of the report is highly suspicious amid the allegations surrounding the president:
“The Zupta thieves are having heart palpitations. They are not eager to hear what their leader stole this time around.”
“It raises suspicions that the issue of the report that implicates Arthur Fraser has been postponed. This happened after Arthur Fraser has opened a case about theft at Cyril Ramaphosa's farm. Why?”
“Ramaphosa and Zondo think they're gods in this country everything they say must go, it's so irritating.”
“We said Zondo is just a puppet that wants to implicate those who are unpopular to WMC.”
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo set to deliver final part of state capture report to Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the much-anticipated fifth and final part of the State Capture Report will be finally handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, 20 June. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chaired the State Capture Commission of Inquiry for four years, will be delivering the final findings to Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
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