Mkhwebane: State capture inquiry must 'ensure no stone is left unturned'

Mkhwebane: State capture inquiry must 'ensure no stone is left unturned'

But on Tuesday Mr Zuma said: "Any further delay will make the public doubt government's determination to dismantle all forms of corruption, and entrench the public perception that the state has been captured by private interests for nefarious and self-enrichment purposes".

"During the talks this afternoon, President Kenyatta and President Zuma will seek to review the progress in the implementation of earlier signed agreements and explore new areas to deepen the fraternal ties between Kenya and South Africa", State House said.

President Jacob Zuma appointed a commission of inquiry on Tuesday to be headed by deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo after a year of resistance.

"I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention", Zuma said.

A report compiled by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela looked into whether the controversial Gupta family had undue influence on the state as a result of their closeness to the president.

"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

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He also indicated that although President Zuma has now established the commission, it does not mean that calls for him to be removed as president would die down.

The High Court in December rejected Zuma's arguments that he alone can set up the commission and ordered him to pay the cost of the case.

A scandal erupted after documents leaked to the South African press a year ago revealed the close ties between his family and the secretive, well-connected Gupta's, who numerous allegations revolve around.

In partnership with Nedbank, one of South Africa's largest banks, companies controlled by or connected to the Gupta family extracted more than 1 billion rand (US$ 67.2 million) from Transnet, a state-owned company charged with constructing rail, port, and other transportation infrastructure, the OCCRP reported in November following a massive data leak now available to journalists worldwide.

The North Gauteng High Court ordered at the end of past year that the commission be set up within 30 days and the judge selected exclusively by Mogoeng, due to Zuma's conflict of interest.

"Such broad terms would have the potential to bog down the inquiry, rendering it ineffective, but whether Zuma will emerge from this week's ANC conference in East London with enough power to influence the terms of reference will be instructive", she said. "Until then, civil society and the public in general, will continue calling for Zuma's removal from office", Balton said.