President Jacob Zuma is reportedly considering legal advices on whether to institute the judicial commission of inquiry on the allegations of state capture as per the recommendations by the former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State Capture’ report.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told parliament on Wednesday [Today] that President Jacob Zuma is busy taking legal advisers about setting up a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling within his government.
The President was criticized by the opposition parties for not respecting the Public Protector’s remedial action on the State Capture by the Guptas which instructed him to form the the judicial commission of inquiry.
Responding to the critics Zuma said the Legal advice he obtained pointed at the fact that the remedial action on the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry undermines the separation of powers doctrine.
The Constitution gives the power to appoint a commission of inquiry to the President, which she/he must exercise when the President holds a view that a matter of public concern requires such a process.
Since the release of the State Capture report last, the allegations of the corruption activities within the State Owned Enterprises and Government departments have ballooned to a certain extend that plunges the country into recession for the first time in nine years.
The Democratic Alliance have already approached the court on the matter and the president has filed a counter this week.
In the past three weeks the country saw the emergence of Gupta Leaks and Gupta mails which sort to expose the state capture by President Zuma’s close friends