The Helen Suzman Foundation and civil rights organisation AfriForum have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s amendment of the regulations governing the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

On Friday, Ramaphosa said he made the amendment to address concerns about the constitutionality of specific sections of the regulations.

He said one of the regulations dealt with the admissibility of possible criminal proceedings of evidence presented to the commission.

The Presidency received submissions from the foundation and AfriForum, that the regulation could undermine efforts to prosecute any persons implicated in criminal activity.

AfriForum’s Willie Spies says former president Jacob Zuma was trying to cover his back.

“There was a severe clash of interest in the sense that he actually wrote rules according to how he was going to be looked upon, that were not fair.”

“We regarded that a gross contravention of the constitutional principles of accountability and of making sure that people are brought to book wherever corruption takes place. Fortunately, President Ramaphosa corrected the matter and we can take it forward now.”

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