Commission into State Capture must begin soon: Analyst

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Political analyst Sithembile Mbete says the commission of inquiry into State Capture must begin its investigations as quickly as possible.

This comes after the inquiry’s terms of reference was published in the government gazette on Thursday. President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane, and some of cabinet ministers are expected to be hauled before the commission of inquiry.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is heading the commission which will last for six months.

It will probe allegations that the Gupta family abused their friendship with the president to influence the appointment of cabinet ministers and to secure lucrative state contracts.

“It is going to help them and it really moves things along. Having the terms of reference means that the commission of inquiry officially can get underway. Of course, there are a whole lot of logistical things and that was what the judge was alluding to. There are a whole lot of things that need to be taken care of around the logistics, about where is it going to sit? They have been given within the terms of reference 180 days to conclude their work and to report, so they’ve got to start as soon as possible.”