The Zondo Commission will not be able to complete its state hijacking investigation by the end of February.
Indeed, there is enough work to keep him busy for another four to six years.
Zondo, in an urgent court application for a further 10 months, called for the commission to finish its work. That means if everything goes according to plan, the commission’s investigation will be completed by December 31.
“Despite everyone at the commission’s hard work – and that the commission spent 74% of the year working days – the commission was unable to finish its work in the (already) extended period,” Paul Kenedy says.
According to Kennedy, Zondo realized at the end of 2019 that “large volumes of work, statements and evidence” were still involved before the investigation could be completed.
Zondo asked for an extra permit until December 31.
Should the extension not be granted, it would render “all the work the commission has done since 2018” useless, “Zondo says.
However, he realized there was still so much work to do that it could actually take him another four to six years, Kennedy says.
Judge Wendy Hughes has strictly questioned the application, saying it appears that the commission would rather make a blank request to request indefinite suspension.
To this, Kennedy replied that Zondo only mentioned the four to six years as a possibility.