Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has withdrawn his challenge to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's application for a three-month extension of the State Capture Inquiry - a day after he lodged it.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has slammed Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's application for another extension of the State Capture Inquiry as unconstitutional – and wants the High Court to cap the commission's future costs at R15 million.
In papers filed at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Justice and Constitutional Development Director-General, Doctor Mashabane, said Lamola wished to intervene in Zondo's extension application because of the "cost implications" for government. The court application is due to be heard on Wednesday.
"There are no more funds allocated or available from the [Department of Justice and Constitutional Development] for the fifth extension of the Commission," he stated, later revealing that – while the department had asked for additional funding for the commission for the current financial year – "no funding was granted".
Mashabane stressed that Lamola was not opposing Zondo's application for an extension, but regarded the three months that he was seeking as "excessive given the fact that this is the fifth extension" and that the extension had "financial repercussions" for the department. Those repercussions involved the department being forced to cut funding from other programmes to pay the inquiry's costs.