Former President Jacob Zuma claims there’s no such thing as state capture and therefore there is no need for a commission of inquiry into the matter. Zuma was addressing Sasco students at the Walter Sisulu University at Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

He maintains that for a state to be captured all three elements of the state must be completely involved – including the judiciary. Many analysts say the courts and the media have held the line against Zuma and the Gupta’s alleged attempts to repurpose state institutions. Zuma’s son Duduzane and two Gupta brothers have applied to cross examine witnesses at the State Capture commission in Parktown. Justice Raymond Zondo will on Thursday rule on their applications. Zuma claims state capture is merely people just doing things for and against one another.

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Zuma also said that he will meet with Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor to discuss the issues facing students across the country.

During his presidency, Zuma pioneered the initiative of free higher education for the poor. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration has implemented the no fees policy decided by the African National Congress late last year.

Zuma says education is key to the future of young people, “I will meet the Minister of Higher Education, because it’s absolutely important the the issues that are raised on behalf of the students by your leadership should be attended to. This university is one of those that bare the name of one of the greatest leaders of our country and therefore I want to assure you that those matters will be attended to. “