Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, says he is concerned about the increase in attacks on key witnesses appearing, or expected to appear before the State Capture Commission.

His comments come in the wake of an assassination attempt on a key witness over the weekend.

The man identified as Witness 1 was a security official; who had appeared before the commission.

Zondo says the attacks will deter other witnesses who might want to appear before the commission to give evidence.

He says he hopes that the law enforcement agencies will act with speed to deal with such matters.

“It is most concerning that attempts by some in our society seem to continue to intimidate and attack people who want to assist this nation on the matters that this commission is investigating. People want to assist this commission to understand what happened in regards to the matters it is investigating. It is completely unacceptable that witnesses are targeted and attempts are made on their lives,” explains Zondo.

The deputy chief justice also praised those who have appeared before the commission despite threats and attacks against them.

“I applaud the courage of various people in our country who despite this to their own safety and their lives and to the safety and lives of their loved ones, nevertheless have come before this commission to assist the nation to understand what happened in regards to the matters that we are investigating. And I applaud those who will still come to the commission,” adds the deputy chief justice.

The Hawks are investigating the weekend assassination attempt.

The commission was this morning hearing evidence from an unidentified witness, only referred to as Witness 3.

He has been testifying from a private location.

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