POLL | Are you satisfied with the state capture report?

23 June 2022 - 13:00
By Kyle Zeeman
President Cyril Ramaphosa received the fifth and final state capture reports on Wednesday evening.
Image: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius President Cyril Ramaphosa received the fifth and final state capture reports on Wednesday evening.

After four years and about R1bn the final part of the state capture report was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday night.

The entire report, which contained thousands of pages, implicated several high-profile businesspeople and companies, state-owned enterprises, politicians, political parties, former ministers and a former and current president.

Mentioned heavily in the report were former president Jacob Zuma and the controversial Gupta family.

State capture inquiry chairperson chief justice Raymond Zondo painted a picture of dubious business deals and deep corruption to ensure money flowed to the powerful who put their interests before the wellbeing of the people they were meant to serve.

The final part was also damning of Ramaphosa, suggesting he was not transparent about his knowledge of state capture and preferred to look the other way at the early signs of state capture when he served as Zuma's deputy.

The report has sparked debate, with some relieved at its conclusion and others saying it did not go far enough.

Many said the money and time spent on the commission should have seen stronger recommendations from Zondo while others said the entire process was a waste.

University of Pretoria legal expert Dr Llewelyn Curlewis said Ramaphosa needed three months to study the report and present it to parliament.

“That will take some time because it is a huge document. Then the president must take instructions from parliament and decide what to do.

“He must decide whether he wants to take cognisance of them [the recommendations made], enforce them or whether he is going to reject them.

“The president will hopefully take guidance from the recommendations and do everything in his powers to set a platform for implementation. He cannot implement all of them,” Curlewis said.

He cautioned that SA’s history of commissions show not many reports come to anything.

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