JOHANNESBURG – The man tasked with heading the state capture inquiry on Tuesday said they are ready to start work but are unable to do so.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo held a briefing where he said he cannot proceed with the inquiry without terms of reference.
It's been 2 weeks since President Jacob Zuma announced #StateCaptureInquiry would be chaired by DCJ Zondo - but @PresidencyZA yet to release terms of reference for the commission.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
DCJ Zondo he cannot proceed until this happens. And there is no timeline for when this will happen
Pres Zuma 9/01 : "allegations state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and therefore deserving of finality..."
DCJ Zondo 23/01: "The commission is still waiting for terms of reference to be finalised." pic.twitter.com/aUBpRrvAor— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
DCJ Zondo: the allegations of #StateCapture are so serious that they go to the very heart of our democracy.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
Zondo also raised concerns about the time set aside for the commission to be conducted.
DCJ Zondo says issue of time frame allocated to #StateCaptureInquiry - 180 days - is a matter concern because of the complexity of issues that must be investigated.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
He's not aware of any commission who was able to finalize such serious work in such short time.
DCJ Zondo says it's legitimate for people to be concerned that President Zuma's #StateCapture appeal may impact the inquiry he is now heading.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
But he will get legal opinion to see how this will impact on the commission.