JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has announced a commission of inquiry into allegations of State Capture.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found the Public Protector's report on State Capture was binding and ordered the president pay the legal costs of opposing the remedial action put forward.
Zuma is appealing this judgement but says in a statement: "I am taking further legal advice on the prosecution of this appeal. I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention."
"I have only appealed the orders to the extent that they set a particular precedent for the office of the president of the republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty," the statement read.
“Allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty,” Zuma went on.
"Accordingly, I have decided that, while the issues determined by the order require final determination by higher courts, this matter cannot wait any longer."
Zuma said he requested the Chief Justice to provide him with the name of the judge to head the commission.
He selected Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo to undertake this task.
The president urged everyone to cooperate with the inquiry.
Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into State of Capture https://t.co/OiSGzBlAIo— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) January 9, 2018