Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, said President Jacob Zuma deserved absolutely no credit for finally deciding to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
President Zuma announced, on Tuesday, that pursuant to the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector and the orders issued by the North Gauteng High Court in December, he had decided to appoint the commission.
However, since the Public Protector’s report was released, President Zuma has been accused of delay tactics, which have been viewed as an attempt by him to wriggle his way out of the controversy which has plagued him throughout his second term as South Africa’s Head of State.
A lot of money has been spent, in and out of the courts, to try and ensure that Zuma implements the remedial action of the Public Protector.
“His (Zuma) hand has been forced, as he knew he had no further avenue for delay,” said Maimane.
“As the initial complainant in the State of Capture report, we will closely monitor the Commission over the next 180 days. So as to not inhibit the ability of the Commission to uncover the full extent of State Capture in South Africa,” added Maimane.
Many want this investigation to focus squarely on the influence of the Gupta family in the South African government and Maimane shares that sentiment. However, he also appears comfortable with the notion that all forms of State of Capture, Gupta or not, be investigated.
These are the Terms of Reference that the DA wants to form part of this commission.
“The activities of the Gupta family and their relationship with President Zuma and his family; all dealings by Gupta-linked companies with the State, including all SOEs; the capture of state institutions, including SARS, the NPA and the Hawks; and every other allegation outlined in the Public Protector’s State of Capture,” said Maimane.
“Moreover, we call on all South Africans who have any evidence of State Capture and corruption in government to bring this information to light, in order for the Commission to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the truth into the light.
“Parliament must be equipped to deal with all national policies that have allowed State Capture to take root, and the Commission’s findings must be tabled before Parliament on completion,” added Maimane.