Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s decision to set up a commission of inquiry, but slammed him for taking so long.
Zuma was ordered by the North Gauteng High Court to set up the commission as per recommendations made by Madonsela in her State of Capture report.
Madonsela told the Daily News on Tuesday that she is pleased that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was tasked with heading up the commission but did say that Zuma acted ”two years too late”.
“The time he took to act is shocking, to say the least, but, regardless, he has done the right thing and opened the window for the truth to be verified through the official channels,” Madonsela said.
“I am quite pleased that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng appointed the second-most senior judge in the country for this task. This reflects how important the truth is to the chief justice,” Madonsela added.
According to Lawson Naidoo of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), the move signaled a shift in the balance of power within the ANC.
“By implementing the decision of the ANC conference, he is indicating to the NEC that there is no need to remove him with regard to the issue of two centres of power,” he said.
Mmusi Maimane refused to credit Zuma as he believes it was not a decision made entirely in his own accord.
“His hand was forced. He knew he had no further avenue for delay. As the initial complainant in the State of Capture Report, we will closely monitor the commission over the next 180 days,” Maimane said.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said that the state capture report would not have seen the light of day had it not been for opposition parties taking the matter up with the Constitutional Court.