Johannesburg - The decision of the state capture commission to rent a building owned by Tiso Black Star group which owns newspapers and business television has been questioned once again, with those questioning it saying it would be better for the commission to move out in order to save its reputation.
The uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) told Independent Media that it was part of the groups that on Monday delivered a memorandum to the Judge Raymond Zondo led commission where among other things they demanded that the commission should move out.
The association’s spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, said there is a possible compromise for the commission to use a building of a company with one of its titles known to have taken a hostile stance against former President Jacob Zuma who has been dragged to appear before the commission this week.
“There is a possible compromise for the commission to use a building of a company which owns a title like the Sunday Times which has been vociferous against Zuma… For the sake of the commission it must move out and find a neutral venue because that venue is loaded and it has potential compromise,” Niehaus, who had several running battles with the Sunday Times in the past, said.
Another political lobby group, the Radical Economic Transformation Champion (RET Champion) says it was also opposed to having the commission sitting there. The group’s spokesperson, Nkosentsha Shezi, echoed Niehaus in several sentiments like leaks, reputational risk for the commission and the high costs.