The Zondo Commission on the State capture Investigation will “soon” continue their investigation and public hearings and will seek Jacob Zuma as soon as possible. Jacob Zuma.
This commission’s work was hampered by the introduction of complete seclusion at the end of March. Zondo, however, says seclusion regulations announced for Level 3 now allow the commission to continue its work and predict that public hearings will be able to resume by the end of June or early July. “Investigators and the legal team are returning to the office on June 15,” he says.
According to Zondo, Zuma will also be called shortly after to testify before the commission. “We would like him to give evidence before the commission,” says Zondo.
The court has postponed the commission until the end of March next year to complete its work and Zondo says his team is determined to complete their investigation within the given time.
“We focus on finishing work we started in 2019 and 2020. This includes testimony on matters pertaining to state-owned entities and cases addressed by the Public Protector (PP) in her report. ” These cases largely refer to issues involving the Gupta family and which the former Adv. Thuli Madonsela recommended being handled by a commission of inquiry.
Zondo says although he is aware of several parties’ requests to issue an interim report, he does not think it will be possible. “There are a number of people involved in various cases and it will therefore be difficult to issue a report on one case in which they are implicated, before other cases are settled.” He said he and his team would also rather use their time to complete the investigation than to prepare an interim report.