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Zupta Corruption in South Africa: Zondo Commission Submits Final Report on Zuma Era Corruption

The long-awaited and, after several delays, the final installment of the State Capture report was finally delivered on Wednesday by Chief Justice Raymomd Zondo to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The final report consists of two volumes. It covers the State Security Agency, SABC, ANC, Parliament, the Vrede Dairy Project, the Gupta plane landing at Waterkloof Airbase, and more. The last chapter covers the recommendations of the Zondo commission.

The Judicial Commission to Investigate Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, Including State Organs, better known as the Zondo Commission or State Capture Commission, was established in January 2018 by former President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and public sector fraud in South Africa.

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“That day has come. It’s been four and a half years since the commission was established and it’s been about three and a half years since hearing oral evidence. There was a time when I was ‘I don’t know when that day will happen. I am very happy that it has arrived,” said Zondo, who chaired the commission.

President Ramaphosa said the state capture was an attack on the country’s democracy and violated the rights of every man, woman and child in the country.

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“Through the various reports released by the Commission, we understood what happened, who was involved, and what effect state capture has had on our state, our economy, and our society,” Ramaphosa said.

The state of capture report presented evidence of abuse of power and how public institutions were repurposed to allow corrupt activities to take place.

“The report is much more than a toll of widespread corruption, fraud and abuse; it is also an instrument through which the country can work to ensure that such events never happen again,” the official said. President.

At the heart of the commission’s investigations over the past four years are former President Jacob Zuma and his close friends and infamous businessmen, the Gupta brothers, who are believed to have amassed a significant fortune under Zuma’s administration.

The work of the Commission was large, but the country has already seen small results. Former President Jacob Zuma was sent to jail last year in July after failing to comply with a court directive that he should testify before the commission.

After testifying once, Zuma refused to return to the commission to testify, claiming that Zondo was biased and that until Zondo was impeached he would not testify.

Since then, Zuma has been paroled, but his release is still being debated.

In early June, Dubai police announced they had arrested two of the Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh, who had fled there when the investigation began in 2018. South Africa and the United Arab Emirates government United are still discussing the extradition process so the brothers can spend their day in court in South Africa.

The presentation of the final report puts an end to the work of the Commission and marks the fulfillment of the weighty mandate entrusted to the Commission. Now the ball is in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s court.

“Within four months from that date, I will formally submit to Parliament the full report of the Commission together with an indication of my intentions on the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations,” Ramaphosa said.

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