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IFP: Report does not herald the end of state capture, merely end of a specific era of state capture

IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa

IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa

Published Jun 22, 2022

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The IFP said history would judge if the team behind the entire report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State was up to the task.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the final part of the report to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.

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“This, notwithstanding the numerous delays in the finalisation and release of the Report, which will themselves have to be tested, to determine if they had any impact on the Report’s recommendations and their envisioned outcomes,” said the party’s national spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

He said the IFP, wanted to thank Zondo for ‘navigating difficult terrain, which was often politically charged’.

“He had to discharge his duties in the face of frequent criticism, and managed to do so with dignity, and in a manner befitting his station as an Officer of the Court: this, in itself, is to be commended.

“However, we would like to state clearly: the handover of the Zondo Commission Report does not herald the end of state capture; merely the end of a specific era of state capture.”

He said Parliament and opposition parties, cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

“We must continue to ask the difficult questions, expose corruption, and hold the Executive to account.

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“In addition, this Report cannot be left to gather dust. Based on the many findings and recommendations communicated thus far, swift prosecutions, consequence management and reforms are desperately needed, across all government departments,” Hlengwa said.

The party said it would call upon law enforcement agencies and Parliament to act with the necessary haste and efficiency required to ensure the report was followed by swift prosecutions.

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