Hain: The people of SA deserve better than looting caused by state capture

Peter Hain was also concerned that the country was not moving speedily to recover stolen assets through the state capture project.

Former British politician Lord Peter Hain testifying at the Zondo Commission on 18 November 2019. Picture: SABC Digital News/YouTube.com

JOHANNESBURG - British lawmaker Peter Hain has implored government to act on recommendations of the state capture commission of inquiry once they become available.

During his testimony at the commission on Monday, Hain said that while he had faith in Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency, government did need to take decisions much quicker.

Hain had a lot of advice for the government ranging from potential legislative interventions to regulatory frameworks to deal with corruption.

However, he appeared worried that the work of the state capture commission could end up in an endless process.

"The people of South Africa deserves better than the obscene looting and devastation caused by state capture and I hope that the recommendations referenced in this report will also be recommended and considered by your commission and then implemented by the government."

Chairperson of the commission deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo reassured Hain that once the recommendations were presented to the president, he only had 14 days to send the report to Parliament.

"The president, whom the recommendations will be submitted to, then has to make up his mind on certain recommendations to say: 'Well, if there's court challenge about these ones, I would want to go ahead and implement these.'"

Hain was also concerned that the country was not moving speedily to recover stolen assets through the state capture project.