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Zondo: State capture inquiry will be complex

Zondo has told Eyewitness News that Treasury has allocated R230 million for the first six months of the inquiry alone.

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 says the commission of inquiry into state capture will be long and expensive.

Zondo has told Eyewitness News that Treasury has allocated R230 million for the first six months of the inquiry alone.

He says, realistically, the probe may take up to two years to complete its work.

The deputy chief justice says the investigation will be complex.

“We will be working flat out to make sure this investigation doesn’t take one day longer than it should, but in doing so we are mindful that we must do a proper job.”

Meanwhile, the Commission of Inquiry into state capture is already approaching key witnesses to come forward.

Updating the media on the commission earlier on Thursday, chairperson Justice Raymond Zondo says the public can come forward with information from next week.

Zondo says they have already identified the first round of key witnesses that will face questioning in the state capture inquiry.

Without naming them, he says he is confident they will cooperate with the probe.

“They’ve already been in touch with lawyers who represent certain people who are potential witnesses before the commission. They’ve received cooperation from the lawyers who represent those that they have contacted.”

The commission’s investigating team has already secured commitments from government departments and law enforcement agencies to assist the investigation.

Zondo says he personally sought assistance from Parliament through Speaker Baleka Mbete.

“I received full cooperation from the leadership of Parliament.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)