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State Capture Inquiry: Hearings confirmed to start on 20 August

Get ready for some infuriating hearings…

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The State Capture Inquiry is set to bring another 1000 skeletons out of the South African closet. With the Zumas, the Guptas and whoever else set to be called to testify, get ready for a very interesting few weeks once those hearings begin.

State Capture Inquiry: A date for all the drama

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced on Friday that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture will officially begin on 20 August.

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Zondo was speaking at a media briefing where he revealed more of the finer details as to how the inquiry will run.

“The hearings will take no less than three weeks. There is a chance that they could take longer than that.” We are not saying the hearings will start from a certain date up to a certain date. We will be guided by evidence at the time,” Zondo said.

Earlier in the week, Zondo was victorious as the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted his request to extend the inquiry for a further two years.

“It brings relief to the commission, the secretary and his staff, the commission’s legal team and investigators since we are given more time to do this very important work…,” Zondo said on Tuesday.

Zondo and his team initially had just 180 days to complete their work after the period term was included in former Public Protector Thuli Modonsela’s State of Capture Report released in 2016.

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The High Court has now called on the President and the Public Protector to show cause as to why the 180 day period should not be extended by two years.

The inquiry will look at various forms of state capture, including the allegations of looting at Eskom, Prasa other branches of government.