#WEFAfrica17: Trevor Manuel calls for inquiry into state capture

The former Finance Minister says he wants a completely independent judicial commission of inquiry into claims of state capture.

FILE: Trevor Manuel at a World Economic Forum meeting. Picture: World Economic Forum.

DURBAN - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has echoed echo Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's call for a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

He's been speaking on a panel discussion with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa meeting in Durban.

Manuel, who is now chairperson of Old Mutual, says the state capture report contains strong evidence.

“This report, called the State of Capture report, fingers our public utilities as a nest of corruption.”

He wants a completely independent judicial commission of inquiry into the claims.

“We need to show South Africans that we care about the poor and jail those involved in corruption.”

The report contained evidence against Eskom’s top management, whose chairperson, Baldwin Ngubane, is attending the WEF meeting.

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

Click here to read the full state capture report.

RAMAPHOSA BACKING FOR INQUIRY

Last month, the deputy president said he supported the establishment of a commission of inquiry into state capture.

He added the allegations would destroy the African National Congress if they were not tested.

Ramaphosa said the allegations should be a matter of great concern.

“They threaten the integrity of the state, undermine our economic progress and diminish our ability to change the lives of our people.”

The deputy president said he supported a judicial commission proposed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to look into the allegations.

“I support that there should be a judicial commission of inquiry."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)