Newly appointed Constitutional Court Judge Raymond Zondo on August 17, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa. Zondo was formerly a Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court.
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&39;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&39;s not aware of any commission who was able to finalize such serious work in such short time.
DCJ Zondo says it&39;s legitimate for people to be concerned that President Zuma&39;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.