Following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of his decision to set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture, a severe critic of his says he is ready to testify in the inquiry.
Themba Maseko, a former CEO of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), told The Sowetan on Wednesday he is ready to cooperate should the commission require his testimony.
“I am ready to testify,” Maseko said.
“It is up to the commission to invite people. Commissions of inquiry invite people to testify.”
Zuma announced that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will lead the commission. Zoned was recommended by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as per remedial action proposed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Maseko echoed Madonsela’s sentiments that Zuma took too long to establish the commission and it was long overdue.
“It is more than one year late. It was about time that it was established,” he added.
Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says should Zuma’s appeal be successful the commission will be rendered invalid as he is not bound by Madonsela’s remedial action.
“We find ourselves in a strange situation. If his appeal against the high court judgment is successful, the appointment of the commission of inquiry will be unconstitutional and invalid and would have to be disbanded. If it fails, the inquiry can go ahead,” de Vos said.
Maseko made headlines in 2010 when he revealed that he was approached by a member of the controversial Gupta family, demanding that he use R600 million towards the family’s media company. Shortly after his refusal, he was axed from his post at GCIS.
[Source: The Sowetan]