President Cyril Ramaphosa was just one of the high profile politicians testifying at the Zondo commission. Image: Sumaya Hisham/AP Photo/picture alliance
Zuma-era graft report given to President Cyril Ramaphosa
January 4, 2022
Almost four years after it began, the Zondo Commission has completed the first part of its anti-graft report. Two more installments are expected before those implicated are likely to be prosecuted.
A South Africa commission investigating corruption during the presidency of Jacob Zuma handed over the first part of its final report to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria on Tuesday.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture has heard testimony from hundreds of witnesses who spoke out about graft during Zuma's two terms, between 2009 and 2019.
"This is what I would call a defining moment in our country's effort to definitively end the era of state capture, and to restore the integrity, credibility and capability of our institutions." Ramaphosa said.
The remaining two installments of the report will be handed over before the end of February.
"We have a collective responsibility to ensure that the findings and recommendations of the commission not only mark a decisive break with the corrupt practices of the past, but that they provide the foundation for greater transparency, accountability and ethical conduct within all state institutions and across society," Ramaphosa said.
Zondo Commission investigated 'state capture'
The commission, headed by South Africa's acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, took nearly four years to complete its work.
"Its been a grueling four years," Zondo said.
His commission started hearing oral testimonies in August 2018. They were broadcast live in South Africa and included evidence from high-ranking politicians.
Zuma set up the Zondo commission himself in 2018 after a order from the High Court in Pretoria. The order came after South Africa's Public Protector found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of Zuma's government.
But the court rejected their arguments and scrapped the case from the roll.
Ramaphosa has until the end of June to tell parliament what he plans to do with the Zondo Commission's report.
He however promised to make each part of the report public immediately after it is submitted to him.
"People of this country could not have gone through the four years, and the costs, and expect that the report the outcomes and recommendation won't be implemented, they will be implemented," Ramaphosa said.
Those implicated could be charged by the National Prosecuting Authority. "They should go ahead and act," Ramaphosa said.