WATCH: State capture inquiry kicks off

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JOHANNESBURG - The hearings of a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector begin on Monday.

Judge Raymond Zondo is leading the probe.

Although the panel does not have powers to arrest or prosecute, evidence it collects can be used in any future prosecution.

Former president Jacob Zuma appointed the judicial inquiry into the alleged graft in January on the orders of a high court.

The North Gauteng High Court gave the inquiry a 24-month extension to complete its work, provided there aren't any objections to the commission.

Witnesses likely to be called to appear before the Commission include former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, Treasury bigwig Ndleleni Willie Mathebula and former ANC Parliamentary caucus chair Vytjie Mentor, among others.

Zondo vowed that the investigation will be carried out thoroughly, regardless of who is being investigated.

"I will investigate anybody and everybody no matter who he or she is. This commission will do its job properly.

"We owe that to the people of South Africa." he said earlier this year.

- Additional reporting AFP