Johannesburg - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said on Wednesday that the ongoing work of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture should not be used as an excuse to delay criminal prosecutions where sufficient evidence of wrongdoing already existed.
This comes after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) withdrew corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma earlier in the day.
Prosecutors withdrew the matter pending further evidence, possibly from the ongoing state capture commission, where allegations were heard that former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, was offered a bribe of R600 million by the Guptas, Duduzane's business associates.
The NPA said that prosecutors wanted to wait until Jonas, whom Duduzane was accused of trying to bribe, had finished giving evidence at the commission, which could include being cross-examined by Duduzane's father, former president Jacob Zuma.
"The state capture commission may take years to finalise," said advocate Stefanie Fick, OUTA’s chief legal officer. "Historically, commissions can take years to reach finality. The public and those who suffer the negative effect of corruption should not have to wait."