Johannesburg - As the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture resumes its first sitting this year, it is expected to deal with applications for hearings - but the country will only know on Wednesday who will be applying to testify over the next couple of weeks.
“The hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State will resume on January 16 at 10 am. We will be following the same process as we did last year and will ascertain who will testify when the public hearings resume,” commission spokesperson Mbuyiselo Stemela said yesterday.
He said the commission's personnel had worked throughout December to prepare for the public hearings.
At the beginning of the hearings last year, several government ministers and officials and prominent politicians, including former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas, former minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, former public service and administration minister Ngoako Ramathlodi and his adviser, Mahlodi Samuel Muofhe, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, former government spokesperson Themba Maseko, and former ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, among others, testified at the commission.
The hearings placed former president Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC at the heart of state capture, in part because of Zuma's alleged actions and also because of the party's inability to stand up to him and his associates.