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Mboweni says no more Zondo funding as court extends commission's lifespan - The Mail & Guardian

The finance minister suggests money should be found from the cash-strapped justice department

2021-02-25 02:35:00 PM

“I don’t think I am going to sign off on another tranche of cash to the commission … Maybe the department of justice,” FinMin Tito Mboweni saiad.

The finance minister suggests money should be found from the cash-strapped justice department

. The budget set out funding for the financial year starting in April, but makes no provision for the commission.The high court order may have some bearing on litigation the commission launched on Monday seeking a contempt order and a punitive two-year prison sentence for Zuma after he defied the third summons, made

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, to testify before it all of last week.Zuma has beenimplicated 40 times by witnessesin the grand corruption that became a byword for his administration.In its court application, the commission left the door open for Zuma still to testify, should the court choose to hand down a sentence suspended on condition that he co-operates with the inquiry. 

In an affidavit attached to the application, commission secretaryItumeleng Mosalasaid the commission would have to make special arrangements to hear him before March 31 — the date on which the commission’s lifespan was set to expire when it filed court papers on Monday.

The Zondo commission is South Africa’s most expensive judicial commission of inquiry yet: at R800-million and counting. It has spent more than half the amount — R495-million — on investigators and legal teams.Although the budget exceeds that of theInvestigative Directorate

(ID), a presidential proclamation last year allows the commission’s evidence to be shared with the prosecuting service. This has raised hopes that much of its work will culminate in prosecutions. Investigators from the commission will also be seconded to the ID. The total budget for the department of justice for the coming year is R21.5-billion.

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They can run the commission through virtual meeting, no rent, tea and lunch will be wasted. This commission is just a waste of taxpayer's money. it will achieve almost nothing RECAP: As expected — earlier this month — Zondo sought yet another extension for the commission to complete its work, primarily due to the loss of time in 2020, when the commission suspended its hearings during the hard lockdowns, creating a backlog.