Former president Jacob Zumas’s appearance at the state capture commission of enquiry will help to unravel a lot of hidden facts.
So much happened during the former president’s tenure and most of those accused of wrong doing served under him.
In her submission, the former public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela implicated the ex-leader.
In November 2016, on her last day in office, Madonsela said her office didn’t have sufficient resources to investigate the State Capture allegations and recommended Mogoeng appoint a judge to hold a commission of inquiry. She essentially threw forward the investigation she hoped to conduct to an independent panel, which couldn’t be influenced by Zuma, who was implicated in the allegations. 1
According to the Constitution, the president has the power to appoint commissions of inquiry. Semenya claimed it was Zuma’s sole right to appoint such an inquiry and couldn’t be told what to do by the Public Protector. He also claimed that because Madonsela’s report didn’t make conclusive findings, her recommendations were invalid. “She cannot raise that allegation to a fact. She has not made a finding. It does not help her constraint that she cannot overstep her powers‚” said Semenya.
In another submission, a former mineral resources minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has told the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture that the infamous Gupta family would summon ministers and the president to their homes and “boast about it”.
Ramatlhodi is the fourth minister who served under former president Jacob Zuma to appear before the Zondo commission.
Ramatlhodi told inquiry chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday that former ministers Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzi Zwane used to camp out at the Gupta compound before their appointments.
“The Guptas wanted government departments to meet business people at their home in Cape Town,” he testified.