Lamola slams application for 5th Zondo Inquiry extension as unconstitutional, 'excessive'

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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.
 

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I agree. Close it down.

It costs the taxpayer many millions we can't afford. Nothing will come from any finding in any event. They should never have started this commission in the first place. They should have used the current law enforcement and judicial system to investigate and prosecute directly.
 

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No way. Allow an extension with the sole purpose of finalising the report.
This irrationality of spending millions and then closing something down just before the outcome is published is the absolute height of irrationality and stupidity.
But if it is to still gather more evidence, then yes, we know enough already.
 

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You can have 10 of these commissions running in parallel and the extent of the ANC's criminality will still not come out.

Oh it will. We've been made acutely aware of all the blatant corruption that's happening.

Thing is, when no one is held accountable for the actions, it's a completely moot process.

Until we start seeing qunts like Mkhize, Magashule, and Zuma in orange overalls; this is pointless and expensive. And we all know what the chances of any of that are happening.

The ANC thinks the word "accountable" is a brand of car tyre.
 

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The WMC puppet gave him a tongue lashing.


I believe they have reached a settlement,

"The withdrawal follows a reassurance that the matters raised by the department of justice and constitutional development will be attended to in due course," said spokesperson Chrispin Phiri.

He said the department's director-general and the inquiry's secretary would engage in a process to ensure the continued work did not come at an extra cost.

so I would assume that it would be endeavoured to only cost time and not money, but, time is money, so I would further assume that those who derive an income from the inquiry will also need to agree to conditions which may arise from this engagement between the director-general and the inquiry. I wouldn't be surprised if concerns of payment, or rather disputes, may arise in the future.
 

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It's a waste of time. The real criminals will never be held accountable. In the end they will just send a few of the small fish to jail.
 

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Betting on for 6th extension after the current 5th one.

If it comes to that, then it was a matter of intervention. Zondo made it clear that the report would have been finalised by the end of September, but from their application, it seems that they have only finalised their drafts, hence the request for extension.

There are already some theorists who believe that this may be due to the elections… if the report was to be finalised now, it would have placed pressure on the Presidency and as a result thereof also on the ANC. This is but mere conspiracy talk, but the media has made these mentions.

All in all, Zondo has given his reasons and motivations for the extension, but if there is a request for another extension, the above-mentioned theorists will all be delighted to be given credence.

As it stands, the current extension will come at no extra cost other than more time, or so they say. What people do need to understand is that the lifeline of the Zondo Commission is dependent on these extensions, if not granted they are dissolved and so will be their work, the exception being that Ramaphosa has amended a regulation back in 2020,


In a gazette published on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa amended a regulation of the state capture commission, which will allow law enforcement agencies to access information.

It also gives the commission's staff an opportunity to take up employment or be appointed on a consultancy basis by law enforcement agencies.

so there are legal mechanisms of continuity. Though, the 'self-incriminating clause' stays in effect, so witnesses who may have self incriminated themselves through testimony can't be rushed to the courts by other law enforcement agencies. Just wait until this becomes another 'get out of jail', the self-incrimination card, you know, "I did it, but you can't jail me", but the inquiry probed in a method of avoiding said clause, and if the clause didn't exist, there wouldn't have been many or perhaps any witnesses.

Fun times ahead.
 
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