Former Auditor General Terence Nombembe has been appointed the lead investigator for the state capture. Picture: Jason Boud
Cape Town -  Former Auditor General Terence Nombembe has been appointed to lead the investigation team for the commission of inquiry into State Capture allegations.

Nombembe is currently the chief executive of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and also chairs the Gauteng Ethics and Anti-Corruption Advisory Council.

On Wednesday afternoon Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the commission, announced the team of six officials he appointed to assist him at Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The commission will be tasked with investigating allegations that the controversial Gupta family used its proximity to former president Jacob Zuma to influence cabinet appointments and state procurement.

Zondo  was selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to head the commission as per the recommendations of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her State of Capture report. He  said investigations would begin in the next two weeks.

Zuma was flagged as too conflicted to select the judge for the commission, as he was also implicated in the allegations.

Zondo has also appointed Paul Joseph Pretorius SC, who is a former acting judge and has been a senior counsel since 1994.
Pretorius,  also a panel member of the South African Law Commission working group on mediation, will lead the legal team for the commission.

Other members of the commission include:

* Issac Vincent SC, the deputy chairperson of the disciplinary committee of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors and a former Judge of the High Court and the Labour Court.

* Leah Gcabashe SC, vice chairman of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates

* Thandi Norman, SC, chairperson of Advocates for Transformation in KwaZulu-Natal and a former acting Judge of the High Court.

* Dr Khotso De Wee, a former chief executive of the Department of Justice,  has been appointed as the secretary for the commission.

The Star