ANC to give full response to state capture report today
University of Pretoria's analyst professor Tinyiko Maluleke says this inquiry will be very difficult for the ANC.
JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) says it’s going to give its full response to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture today, as it now contemplates the prospect of a six month judicial inquiry into President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas.
The party has come under increasing pressure after losing three metros in the local elections.
University of Pretoria political analyst professor Tinyiko Maluleke says this inquiry will be very difficult for the ANC.
“It’s going to be a hugely problematic process for the ANC, which has until now, have been worrying of all sorts of issues around the president.”
He also says this is likely to put more strain on the party during a time when it has to find a new leader.
Earlier this week, trade union National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said Zuma should resign for the good of the country and for the good of the ANC.
The report released shows that President Zuma is implicated in illegal activities related to the favourable treatment of the Gupta family.
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.
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 108 days.
The presidency says President Zuma will consider the report.
Opposition parties have welcomed its release.
Read the Public Protector's full 'State of Capture' report below:
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)