Questions over the effectiveness of Commissions of inquiry

Prof Ivor Sarakinsky
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South Africa has had 16 Commissions of inquiry in 23 years.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was democratic South Africa’s first inquiry ever, but the country has had numerous others since then.

The probes include the Zondo Commission, where shocking claims of how the public purse has been fleeced through dubious deals, have emerged.

The bill for each inquiry runs into millions of rands  – with the State Capture commission tab already standing at more than R356-million.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has put the cost of corruption during the Zuma years at about a trillion rand.

However, there have been concerns about the exorbitant price tags of these inquiries, with some South Africans lamenting their lack of prosecutorial teeth.

Our producer Lindiwe Mabena probes the necessity of truth even when justice might not prevail.

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