Report implicates Zuma in illegal activities related to Gupta family

Thuli Madonsela has ordered the president to institute a judicial commission of inquiry within the next 30 days.

FILE:  President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The State of Capture report released this afternoon shows that President Jacob Zuma is implicated in illegal activities related to the favourable treatment of the Gupta family.

Former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has ordered the president to institute a judicial commission of inquiry within the next 30 days.

The report also implicates Cabinet ministers and parastatals.

Madonsela says the investigation has proven that due to the extent of the issues raised in the report, the Public Protector cannot execute the investigation fully due to lack of resources and has recommended that the president appoints a commission of inquiry within 30 days headed by a judge solely selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who shall provide one name to the president.

LISTEN: Thuli Madonsela on the 'State of Capture' report

The National Treasury must ensure the commission is adequately resourced and the judge must be given the power to appoint his/her own staff to investigate all the issues using the record of this investigation and the report as a starting point.

The commission must also be given powers of evidence collection that are no less than that of the Public Protector.

Madonsela says the commission should give the president a report with findings and recommendations within 180 days.

The Presidency says President Zuma will consider the report, while the African National Congress says it will formally respond tomorrow.

Opposition parties have welcomed its release.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)