Protector asks Zuma to widen terms of inquiry into state capture

Protector asks Zuma to widen terms of inquiry into state capture

"Until then, civil society and the public in general, will continue calling for Zuma's removal from office", Balton said.

A South African high court last month gave the president 30 days to set up a probe into so-called "state capture" allegations.

President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday evening that chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had appointed his deputy to head a commission of inquiry into political corruption, which was recommended in an October 2016 report by the previous public protector Thuli Madonsela.

The Constitutional Court had ruled almost two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence. "The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty".

"The matter can not wait any longer", he said, adding: "I have chose to appoint a commission of inquiry".

I have appealed the cost order as well as the order regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution.

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"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

It had been suggested that Wednesday's meeting of the ANC national executive committee might be used to sack Mr Zuma for failing to follow party orders to establish the inquiry, allowing Mr Ramaphosa to succeed him.

This is Kenyatta's first working visit to South Africa since his starting his second term as president on November 28, after two separate polls, in July and October.

In 2014 Zuma had failed to abide by recommendations made by the country's anti-corruption watchdog over $15 million (12.5 million euros) of taxpayer-funded refurbishments at his personal home in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

Zuma had also previously sought to block the release of the 2016 report, entitled "State of Capture", which focused on allegations that Zuma's friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers.

There has been much speculation that the party might try to force Mr Zuma out as president, now that he is no longer leader of the party.

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