The big story: The next chapter: Zondo report

While we were all enjoying the festive season, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s in the first of his three reports from the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, which he chaired. 🖊️

The 874-page report was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa on 4 January and focuses mainly on South African Airways and its associated companies: SAA Technical, SA Express, plus the Gupta family’s infamous New Age newspaper and the South African Revenue Services, with a spotlight on the tax body’s former commissioner Tom Moyane. 

Now it’s time for action: The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) needs to come in, guns blazing, ready to make arrests and prosecute those named in the report. Like the rest of the country, though, we’re getting sceptical. 😏 The NPA can be a strong instrument in supholding our democracy but has had a torrid few years. You may remember that Hermione Cronje, head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, suddenly resigned late last year. The NPA was also taken to task for its slow progress in making arrests and prosecutions in high-level corruption cases. In response the NPA and the Hawks have decided to create a special “task force” to focus on state capture cases, adding that it is “exploring options to boost its capacities, capabilities and resources”, News24 reported. 

Zondo is due to hand over the second part of the report at the end of January. This report will focus on Eskom, Transnet and Denel, and that’s bound to be explosive, knowing all the money these entities cost us. The third part will be handed over at the end of February and will cover the remaining entities while making recommendations on parliamentary accountability and the failure of the criminal justice system and intelligence services to detect state capture in its early days, Daily Maverick reported. Ramaphosa will wait until the third report is out to detail his implementation plan. He’d better hurry: he’s facing an internal ANC election this year and, while he’s on the front foot for now to be re-elected ANC president, that could always change.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 13 January 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.