The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture in the public sector, including organs of state has been given a go ahead to begin with investigations. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said this after publishing regulations for the project in Pretoria.

He says the matter is now in the hands of the chairperson of the commission. The commission was established in line with the remedial action in the Public Protector’s State of Capture Report.

The regulations will also enable the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to appoint persons and staff of the commission in accordance with the applicable legislation.

Masutha says the commission will have specific powers to enable it to conduct its business.

“The commission is able to subpoena witnesses, is able to gather evidence and the other aspect is to set up the administrative machinery that will be able to conduct this inquiry. And this will include the appointment of staff and the identification of venues or accommodation where the event will take place.”

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