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First hearings of state capture probe to begin in August

Raymond Zondo is on Thursday giving an update on the progress made since the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture commenced with its work.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo leading a media briefing on the progress made so far in his state capture inquiry. Picture: @SAgovnews/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced on Thursday afternoon that the first hearings of the state capture probe will begin in August.

The deputy chief justice is giving an update on the progress made since the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture commenced with its work.

“At this stage, we’re planning to have the first hearings in August, as we’ve identified certain witnesses whose evidence can be heard.”

Former President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of the commission in January 2018 as recommended by former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela through the office’s state capture report.

WATCH: Raymond Zondo briefs the media on state capture inquiry

State capture may have cost taxpayers an estimated R100 billion, but going after the perpetrators has also come with a hefty price tag.

Justice Zondo confirmed to Eyewitness News on Thursday that the costs of holding the Guptas and their associates accountable will run into the hundreds of millions.

“We have about six months… Treasury has agreed to give the commission about R280 million.”

He says while he would have wanted the public funds used for the inquiry to be spent on delivering services, a thorough investigation is needed into state capture.

“The money that is being used for the investigation is money that is being used because some people may have taken taxpayers money.”

Zondo says they have asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to extend the timeline of the commission as they may take between 18 months and two years to complete the work.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)