The Democratic Alliance says the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into State Capture by President Jacob Zuma, is a step in the right direction for the people of South Africa.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says, “What we desperately don’t want is a white wash we want the term so we want the guptas to be criminally prosecuted. We want Jacob Zuma who himself a minister was offered money we want him to take the accountability on that. When its done we believe that we’ve got to get to the bottom of state capture.”
In December last year, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that the Public Protector’s report on State Capture was binding and ordered the president pay the legal costs of opposing the remedial action put forward.
The President says allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and is deserving of finality and certainty.
The commission will be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, as recommended by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. This follows the North Gauteng High Court judgment that the findings of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her State of Capture Report were binding.
“Well I think that it is important to note that when the Public Protector made the announcement about the remedial action, she went a step further and said that it will be important that the judge who heads up the Commission of Inquiry must be appointed by the Chief Justice and I think to have the second highest jurist in the country heading up the inquiry is a crucial step and it is an important one we welcome,” says Maimane.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says the report of the commission of inquiry into state capture will bring to light who to hold accountable.
“ We want to know exactly whom the money has been taken out of the country to. Who were used to panel those funds both in SOEs , PIC’s, IDC’s you name it and also that these nauseating emails that have been published must be investigated as well so that we restore the lost credibility because of this expose. Where there is evidence those ones must be send to court immediately.”