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Opposition parties urge Zuma to urgently set up state capture inquiry

The parties say the president should stick to the promise he made in the National Assembly and establish the commission.

Leaders of opposition parties at a briefing on the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Opposition parties have urged President Jacob Zuma to urgently set up a state capture commission of inquiry, as per the Public Protector's remedial action.

The DA, EFF, COPE, UDM, ACDP, IFP and the APC made the call following a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane argued in court papers this week that Zuma has no prospect of successfully reviewing the state of capture report.

The UDM’s Bantu Holomisa, speaking for the opposition parties, says Zuma should stick to the promise he made in the National Assembly and establish the inquiry.

“He should, with immediate effect, withdraw his court challenge on the Public Protector’s state capture report and announce the commission, as per the remedial actions of the Public Protector.”

The parties have also called on National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to recuse herself from the debate and vote of no confidence in Zuma.

The motion was meant to take place on 3 August but was later shifted to 8 August.

They have suggested the deputy speaker take over the presiding role because Mbete is biased.

WATCH: Opposition parties call for secret no confidence ballot

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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