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    Zuma releases state capture inquiry regulations

    APA-Cape Town (South Africa)

    South African President Jacob Zuma has released regulations for the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday.

    Masutha said that the regulations have now been published in the government gazette, a requirement for such state documents to be set in the publication before they officially become acceptable in law.


    According to the minister, the regulations will provide the legal framework under which Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who will head the inquiry, conducts the inquiry's work as stipulated by the Commission of Inquiry Act.


    The regulations will provide the legal machinery that enables Zondo to obtain the resources and infrastructure he requires for the commission to perform its functions, Masutha said.


    "The regulations enable the chairperson to collect evidence and subpoena witnesses to testify before the commission and to present any documentary evidence relevant to the inquiry," he added.


    "The regulations - which are in line with the remedial action in the [former] public protectors Report on State of Capture - also enables the chairperson to appoint persons and staff of the commission in accordance with the applicable legislation," the minister said.


    Capacity would also be drawn by way of secondments from the public service, under Masutha's authorisation, when required by Zondo, he pointed out.


    "An inter-departmental technical committee, led by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Office of the Chief Justice, has been established to provide the required support to the deputy chief justice in setting up the commission," he said.


    The publication of the regulations follows last month's publication of the inquiry's terms of reference on 24 January.


    The terms allow the inquiry to investigate all forms of government corruption, including allegations against Zuma himself, his cabinet ministers, the Gupta family and state-owned entities.


    The commission was mandated to investigate whether, by whom, and to what extent attempts were made, through any form of inducement or for any gain, to influence members of the national executive, including deputy ministers, office bearers and directors of the boards of State Owned Enterprises.


    Former public protector Thuli Madonsela though was critical of the terms, saying they were too broad and it would take "a lifetime" for one commission to probe all government corruption.


    She, however, had faith in Zondo that he would determine the "purpose" thereof and align it with her probe into Zuma and his family friends -- the Guptas.




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