Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is probably breathing a sigh of relief now that most of the State Capture Commission’s work is complete. Zondo has admitted that the past few years presiding over the commission have been anything but smooth sailing.

From several court bids, including those initiated by the commission to have its lifespan extended, to witness who would blatantly refuse to cooperate, many people would probably agree.

Zondo handed over the first part of the commission’s report to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday afternoon, 4 January 2022, at the Union Buildings. The report is now available on the Presidency’s website.

The first part of the report zeroes in on the following: South African Airways (SAA) and its subsidiaries including SAA Technical and SAA Express, the Gupta-owned The New Age media entity, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as well as public procurement.

Presiding over the commission has often landed Zondo on the receiving end of criticism, including Zuma’s supporters as well as those in politics, mainly the EFF and the RET  (radical economic transformation) faction of the ANC.

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STATE CAPTURE: ZONDO FINALISING SECOND REPORT

Speaking to journalists alongside Ramaphosa, DCJ Raymond Zondo said he was still putting the finishing touches to the second part of the State Capture Commission’s report.

Zondo further said would have liked to hand over a complete report to the president, but that was not possible.

“It’s been a gruelling four years of the commission and in a few days’ time, on 9 January we will complete four years since the announcement of the establishment of the commission. Three years of that period was the hearing of oral evidence by the commission.”

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Zondo said the second part of the report would come at the end of January followed by the last part of the report at the end of February. He also thanked those who worked on the commission.

“We are very pleased that we were able to deliver part one of the report. I just want to take this chance to thank the legal, investigation teams, the secretariat and everybody who has made it possible for us to deliver part one to the president.”

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

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