Civil society groups slam EFF's attack on Zondo commission

Party leader, Julius Malema, launched scathing attacks against Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan and the commission's evidence leader and head of the legal team, Advocate Paul Pretorius. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A number of civil society organisations have joined forces to support the Zondo commission.

The group is condemning the Economic Freedom Fighters' attack on the inquiry.

It said the red berets are trying to drown out and force a shutdown of the work of the commission.

"In this context, the onslaught by the EFF in the media and outside the venue of the Commission, combined with a relentless social media campaign, shows that they are intent on drowning out and forcing a shutdown of the work of the Commission. This is an attack on our very democracy, and must be strenuously resisted," the civil society said in a statement.

"We call on the EFF, if it is possession of incriminating evidence relating to state capture and corruption, to make a full disclosure and present it to the Commission. In the same vein, we urge the Commission to use the powers at its disposal to compel persons who claim to have relevant incriminating evidence, to appear before it," the society added.

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It is also urging the commission to use its powers to compel people who claim to have incriminating evidence to appear before it.

The group includes the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Corruption Watch, Freedom Under Law, The Helen Suzman Foundation, and Section 27.


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