President Jacob Zuma File picture: Karen Sandison/ANA
JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Micheal Masutha has confirmed to the media that President Jacob Zuma will no longer be releasing his highly anticipated terms of reference today, as previously announced.

On Tuesday evening Masutha confirmed to the media that Zuma had "finally signed" his terms of reference to launch the commission of inquiry into state capture, Masutha indicated that the terms of reference would be released by the President on Friday.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser on 702 on Tuesday, Masutha said, "We hope that by this afternoon the terms of reference for the commission of inquiry into state inquiry will be proclaimed, we only provided technical support; the President determined the terms of reference".

The Justice department, despite speculation of scrambling behind the scenes, has denied that it is under pressure to release the terms of reference.

Masutha's announcement comes after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Tuesday held a media briefing to clarify and reveal further details of the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture.

Zondo told the media that he had not yet received the terms of reference from the President, pointing out the law dictates that the President must give the terms, and that the commission could only begin its investigations once the President's terms had been received.