Public Protector South Africa welcomes conclusion of State Capture Commission’s work
The Public Protector South Africa (PPSA) welcomes the conclusion of the work of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State (the Commission).
This follows Chairperson Justice Raymond Zondo’s submission of the last in a five-part series of reports to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria on Wednesday, 22nd June 2022. The Commission was a product of the PPSA Investigation Report No. 06 of 2016/17, which was issued in November 2016 following the investigation of allegations contained in three complaints lodged by the Dominican Order, the Democratic Alliance and a member of the public between the 18th March and the 22nd April 2016.
At the end of the investigation, several observations pointing to suspected wrongdoing were made and the then President, Mr Jacob Zuma, was directed to establish a Commission of Inquiry headed by a judge to further investigate the allegations. In addition, Parliament was directed to review the Executive Members’ Ethics Act (EMEA).
Upon the review, the President was to bring the Executive Code of Ethics into alignment with the EMEA. The PPSA has sent a letter to President Ramaphosa, requesting copies of the Commission’s report in full.
In the same correspondence, it is also requested that the President submit to Parliament a plan on how the Commissions’ recommendations will be implemented in line with paragraph 8.8 of the PPSA Report No. 06 of 2016/17 and that the PPSA be copied in that communication.
For the purposes of monitoring the execution of all the recommendations contained in the report of the Commission and in compliance with paragraph 9.2 of Report No. 06 of 2016/17, periodic implementation reports from both Parliament and the Presidency have been requested for submission to the PPSA.