State capture inquiry: Zuma asked to 'urgently' release terms of reference

File: Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga said President Jacob Zuma should issue the terms of reference of the commission of state capture . Photo: Gallo Images/ Beeld / Lerato Maduna

JOHANNESBURG  - Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services said on Wednesday it was "gravely concerned" about the delay in releasing the terms of reference of the commission of inquiry into state capture.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the committee's chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga said President Jacob Zuma should issue the terms of reference as a matter of urgency.

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"It must be based on the remedial action of the Public Protector’s report on the State of Capture. This matter cannot be delayed any further and a debate around the issue about who is responsible for issuing the terms of reference of the commission cannot be entertained. The Deputy Chief Justice and the President have a responsibility to ensure that the remedial action of the Public Protector is not amended,” he said.

Motshekga said the state capture matter was serious and that it cannot drag on any further as it goes to the root of the country's democracy.

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“It must be brought to finality. We feel strongly that the responsibility for issuing the terms of reference lies with the President. The matter must be settled. Surely we cannot be pleading for it. The terms of reference are urgent,” he said.

Motshekga called on Zuma to finalise the commissions' terms of reference. 

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