Kenyan president visits South Africa to shore up bilateral ties

Kenyan president visits South Africa to shore up bilateral ties

In 2016 a damning report questioned Zuma's dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who allegedly were granted influence over his cabinet appointments.

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he will set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling, after a 2016 anti-graft report called for a judge to investigate any corruption in his government.

Zuma announced on Tuesday evening a commission of inquiry into state capture would be established and led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to "investigate allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa", but the details of the inquiry are yet to be released.

But on Wednesday, Madonsela told News24 that the inquiry could not go further than the scope of her report.

She was asked whether the commission should include instances of state capture that occurred prior to 1994, as suggested by some.

Analysts said the move might help Mr Zuma distract attention from the first top-level ANC meeting since Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president, replaced him as party leader, threatening to end his presidency before his second and final term officially draws to a close in 2019. "But this one is specifically about the Gupta family, the president and his son".

We welcome the fact that he appointed a judge exclusively recommended by the Chief Justice. In essence, Zuma has appointed the commission as per the remedial action of the Public Protector's report.

According to Saxby, "in saying "there should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry", Zuma appears to have left the door open to an all-encompassing inquiry that could stretch back to corruption in the apartheid era".

Zuma's announcement comes the day before parliament is to take up a draft of a process for removing the nation's president from office.

Zuma said he was going to set up the commission even though he still had reservations about the legality of Madonsela's recommendations.

I have appealed the cost order as well as the order regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution.