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Only people missing at SA graft hearings are accused

The state capture inquiry can’t prosecute anyone but can subpoena witnesses who don’t come forward willingly.

Where are all the alleged perpetrators?

That’s the question many South Africans are asking after more than 100 days of public hearings staged by a judicial panel that’s probing graft during Jacob Zuma’s presidency. While scores of witnesses have recounted how bribes were paid to senior officials and billions of rands looted from state coffers, hardly any of those implicated in wrongdoing have testified.

The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, can’t prosecute anyone but can subpoena witnesses who don’t come forward willingly. It’s held back on using that power so far — it has two years to complete its work and could wait until more allegations are aired before it demands responses. Criminal charges would have to be pursued by the police and National Prosecuting Authority.

Here’s what the experts say:

Thuli Madonsela, ex-graft ombudsman who ordered probe in 2016:

  • “Judge Zondo is an experienced and highly qualified jurist who knows the enormity of the task facing his commission. It seems that his methodology is to get everything out into the open now and at the end it will all tie in together and make sense.”
  • “The biggest challenge a commission like this faces is that of issue creep, where one issue leads to another and another, so that it never seems to end. That is why when I recommended such an inquiry into state capture — I wanted it to cut through the main issues as quickly as possible, so that the evidence does not become cold and that as much of the money is recovered as is possible.”

Bart Henderson, independent forensic auditor:

  • “The commission is in an information and evidence-gathering phase that I don’t think should be disrupted. Once this phase is concluded, the commission can then begin to interrogate individuals and evidence and give implicated parties the opportunity to make representation.”
  • “The sheer scale of capture of key institutions, organisations and state-owned entities seems to leave the impression the Zondo Commission cannot possibly conclude its business in the time frame expected, especially considering the legion of implicated parties yet to testify in defense of the allegations.”

Ebrahim Fakir, Auwal socio-economic research institute director:

  • “I am of the view that the resources are misplaced in the commission. The money and resources should have been dedicated to investigative and prosecutorial agencies. We are taking a step back through the state capture commission.”
  • “Those with money, who find themselves implicated are going to make it more difficult for this commission to get to the bottom of this inquiry.”
  • “We will see people asking for weeks to allow a process of discovery of information, or research.”
  • “We should feel for the deputy chief justice because this is an impossible task and he’s been as thorough as can be.”

Francis Antonie, Helen Suzman Foundation executive director:

  • “I don’t think anyone can say the commission is not doing a good job. It’s just that there has been so much that is being revealed in terms of new networks of corruption that we didn’t know of and anticipate. This necessitates that the commission interrogates the information and as it were, leave no stone unturned.”
  • “We must see prosecutions. It’s time that the public sees wrongdoing that is out in the open prosecuted. It is important because we do run the risk and danger of commission fatigue and potentially muted findings should hearings go on for years without any action.”
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Another useless show for the masses. Until someone is arrested nothing will change. Adios SA, it was fun

They need to unravel David Mabusa’s corruption cases quickly before his sleight of hand disposes Cyril as president and shuts down the commission. David is the most craftiest and slyest of all politicians and the most corrupt of them all. If you thought Ace was the spade, watch David outperform.

Judge Nugent saw the need for urgent intervention at SARS and submitted an interim report to get rid of Tom Moyane.

There is no reason why implicated parties cannot be subpoenaed on the Bosasa crimes for example, and for Judge Zondo the issue an interim report with recommendations.

The Hawks and NPA are hoping, like the ANC, that the current process drags on forever.

Who will press for prosecutions after another three years?

By then we’ll have a whole series of new scandals, some perpetrated by the very people that are now being implicated.

It’s just a scam used to try and convince investors and ratings agencies that they are dealing with corruption.

The absence of any arrests (except for the poor whistle blowers) is proof to the contrary and I suspect many investors will see it for what it is. Clear evidence that Cyril is not in charge and is just used to do the lying for a bunch of thieves.

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