The Womens League of the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) has called on a ‘full scale investigation’ on the allegations of State Capture.
President Jacob Zuma has announced the judicial commission of inquiry to investigates all the allegations of state capture as per the recommendations by the former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State Capture’ report.
The President appointed the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo to lead the commission of inquiry and urged on all affected to cooperate.
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has welcomed decision by the State President to appoint a Commission of Inquiry on State Capture.
In a statement, the ANCWL said it supports the fight against corruption in government and private sector without fear or favour and firmly believes that the Commission of Inquiry will expose all those involved in fraud and corruption by capturing parts of State and rendering the State vulnerable and incapable of wholly serving the people but serves only certain individuals.
“Now that the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is about to resume, the ANCWL is hoping that all with evidence will make submissions to the Commission. Section 35(3)(h) of the Bill of Rights guarantees for everyone the right to a fair trial, which includes the right to be presumed innocent at that trial until proven guilty.” said the Womens League
The League said it is confident that the Commission of Inquiry will not be influenced by any prior judgements passed through courts of public opinions which were instituted by neoliberal media houses.
The ANCWL said it has been consistent in calling for full scale investigation on the allegations of State Capture instead of a narrow politically motivated investigation.
“It is our hope that terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry to be appointed by His Excellency President Zuma will include all the State owned entities (SoE’s) without exception and will date back to pre-1994.
The League said it also support the decision by State President Zuma to appeal the order by Court that he is personally liable for the legal costs for challenging certain parts of the public protector report regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution.
“The order set a precedent for the Office of State President and the Higher Courts must provide legal clarity.
ANCWL has called all its members and supporters to be at the forefront of the fight against fraud and corruption in government and private sector.
“All those who will be found guilty by the Commission of Inquiry on State Capture must face the full wrath of the law.”