Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
4 Oct 2019
2:45 pm

The dilemmas and lessons of the Zondo commission

Mukoni Ratshitanga

In fairness to the commission, it is taking flak for omissions that are not of its making. Bringing alleged wrongdoers to book is not its job.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency

What began as inconsequential murmurs is, as is the wont of such things, slowly gaining traction as part of the daily opinion-forming conversations of South Africans from all walks of life. The sentiment has it that the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has outlived its usefulness. Prominent among the reasons offered is that some of the jaw-dropping revelations notwithstanding, the public remains none the wiser about efforts to bring alleged wrongdoers to book. In the immediate past, the sentiment was fuelled by Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola’s answer to a parliamentary question to which he was obliged respond. He...