South Africa, Johannesburg – Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, head of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, will next year have his chance to grill President Cyril Ramaphosa over allegations of corruption.
Justice Zondo confirmed that the governing party’s president would take to the stand on a date still to be decided.
The inquiry is also expected to hear evidence from the ANC and Parliament over its oversight role regarding allegations of corruption and state capture.
Zondo said the issue of oversight was a crucial component of the inquiry’s work and that, as part of the recommendations of the final report, issues such as oversight would be emphasised.
“I think if we are to make a serious dent on corruption in this country, it’s going to be important that we have a very good dispensation on the protection of whistle-blowers.
“It will be very important that we look at the issue of Parliamentary oversight to ensure that their oversight over the executive can ensure that corruption is brought to book and presented through oversight powers,” Justice Zondo said yesterday (Monday) during a media briefing, which highlighted the work done by the commission over the past two years.
The commission started hearing oral evidence related to state capture in August 2018.
An extension of hearings was granted to the commission by the high court until March next year (2021).
However, Justice Zondo said the commission would again approach the high court for another extension.
He said the lockdown had disrupted the commission’s work for three months and had delayed efforts to end hearing oral evidence by the end of this month (December).
If the court grants the extension it would only be from April to June. Those months would be used for compiling a report, the commission chairperson said.
The inquiry has heard extensive evidence so far covering multiple workstreams, which have included Eskom, Denel, Transnet, law enforcement agencies and the public broadcaster.
The commission has heard oral evidence from 278 witnesses. The transcript of evidence is more than 51 000 pages and the affidavits and exhibits submitted amount to 59 109.
The inquiry has heard evidence over 323 days and 2 300 rule 33 notices have been issued.
Zondo said only a few matters remain in several workstreams.