State capture inquiry: PP available to compile terms of reference

State capture inquiry: PP available to compile terms of reference

State capture inquiry: PP available to compile terms of reference

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's president said Tuesday he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party, declaring "this matter can not wait any longer".

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"I trust that we will all respect the process and place no impediments to prevent the commission from doing its work", he said.

Pressure has been mounting on Zuma to step down after last month's national elective conference which saw Ramaphosa succeed him, as ANC stalwarts and the party's allies, the SACP and Cosatu, stepped up their calls for Zuma to be ousted at on Wednesday's meeting.

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In December, the South Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of opposition parties who went to court to have Zuma compelled to establish the commission, despite his appeals which they viewed as delaying tactics.

"The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owner‚ the people of South Africa‚ is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty‚" Zuma said in a statement.

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Cape Town - Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has advised her successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, that an extension of the Zondo Commission's brief will amount to "scope creep".

Madonsela released a report‚ titled State of Capture‚ in November a year ago concerning allegations of an improper relationship between Zuma‚ other state officials and the Gupta family.

Mkhwebane said the ability of the commission to uncover the full extent of state capture in South Africa should not be constrained in any way. He, as well as the controversial Gupta family and other members of the Zuma family, are named in the report.

Zuma said he would appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations that the Gupta family was allowed to influence state decisions and that he would abide by a court ruling for the Chief Justice to select its leader.

Mr Zuma has survived two previous attempts to fire him at the NEC since the public protector's initial report into the allegations of state capture by the Guptas.

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.

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