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Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has criticized both Parliament and the ANC in the National Assembly for allowing state capture to continue in the country.
He alleges that the majority party prevents its members from supporting a vote of no confidence in both current and previous presidents.
Zondo made these remarks during a discussion hosted by the Institute for African Alternatives in Cape Town yesterday.
“Parliament had the opportunity and the power to stop state capture. If it had allowed the motions for the establishment of public inquiries and parliamentary inquiries, state capture could have been stopped due to the revelations that would have emerged,” he said.
“However, the majority party has taken the stance that it can instruct its members not to vote with the opposition or support motions from the opposition parties on these matters, including motions of no confidence in the presidencies,” Zondo added.
Meanwhile, Professor Ari Sitas, the acting director of the institute, mentioned that many people are eagerly awaiting the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
“There have been delays in addressing these issues, and the public is becoming restless. We need to understand why there have been delays and ensure that these promises are fulfilled. With an upcoming election, tensions will only rise, so we need to realistically and analytically address this issue and make a judgment in the near future,” Sitas said.
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