#Guptagate: The 6 people who will head up SA's state capture probe

#Guptagate: The 6 people who will head up SA's state capture probe”

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo said he believed the commission of inquiry into state capture should culminate in an understanding of how deep state capture was in South Africa‚ how it came about and who was involved.

Dr Khotso De Wee, a former chief executive of the Department of Justice, has been appointed as the secretary for the commission.

The most recent state capture discussion is surrounding the approval of the naturalisation applications of the Gupta family by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday‚ Zondo announced a powerhouse team of people to key positions in the inquiry - of which former auditor-general Terrence Nombebe would be the lead investigator.

While Zondo did not mention the investigators that Nombembe will lead for security reasons he, however, assured that the team will be "multi-disciplined" in order to cope with the type of investigation that is required by the commission.

The commission, which officially began its work on March 1, is in the process of identifying premises. The investigators are expected to start work in two weeks.

"There is simply no way in which the commission can finish all the work it is supposed to do within six months", Zondo said, adding that the presidency under Cyril Ramaphosa is looking into the issue.

Zondo said these other inquiries, along with the court cases and investigations by police, would not stop the commission from undertaking its work.

He added that the regulation does not say that once an individual gives evidence to the commission they can not be prosecuted.

"If you look at the regulations of past commission there is an equivalent provision, I think there was a similar provision in the Arms Deal Commission..."

Other legal team members are Leah Gcabashe, who is the vice chairperson of the Johannesburg Society and Thandi Victoria Norman, who is now the chairperson of the Advocates for Transformation in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Zondo said the commission was given a certain task and it needed to carry out that task.

Zondo said persons who have given evidence in other inquiries, like ongoing inquiries in parliament, might be requested to give evidence to the commission.

He said it was known that in the National Assembly there were committees that were hearing evidence into state capture and he had no doubt that the committees would not be as in-depth as the commission plans to be.

Zondo is the chairperson of the commission.

Zondo said an exact date for the start of the hearings had not been set.

While the commission had powers to investigate, it did not have the power to prosecute.

Zondo was selected to head this commission by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in January after former president Jacob Zuma was ordered by the Pretoria High Court to establish an inquiry into state capture, as recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her 2016 State of Capture report.

"The outcome is to make sure South Africa does not find itself in that situation again".

He said the investigation would be conducted in an objective, thorough and professional manner.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants board welcomed Nombembe's appointment.

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