EDITORIAL | The state capture inquiry has been expensive, but important

The commission has done great work in exposing the scale of corruption. Let it complete its work

19 September 2021 - 18:48

A collective sigh of frustration sounded through SA last week when deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo filed urgent court papers seeking another extension to complete the work of the state capture inquiry. It has been a pricey exercise, running to about R1bn, with the highest-paid senior counsel costing as much as R38,000 a day. These are numbers that make eyes water in a country where a fifth of the population lives below the extreme poverty line of just more than R600 a month. Has the commission’s work been worth it? This is the question we need to ask ourselves before judging the judge.

Zondo, in his umpteenth request for an extension, pleaded for more time - until December 31 - to complete the three-year investigation. The previous extension expires on September 30. Zondo said he had hoped to have the first draft done by the end of June, the second by August and the third and final drafts by mid-September. But he had made an error in the estimation of how long the drafting of the reports would take, adding that one of his team members had been off sick for a month, further delaying the process...

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