Zuma to set up commission to probe influence-peddling


Zuma said in a statement: "The matter can not wait any longer".

Zuma, who previously slammed the Public Protector's report on state capture calling it was a political tool meant to be used to deal with "certain individuals", said he made the decision after the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector and the order by the North Gauteng High Court in December a year ago.

The State House in a statement issued before Kenyatta's departure said the Kenyan leader will hold talks with his host, South African President Jacob Zuma on a wide range of areas including trade, security and infrastructure development.

The Constitutional Court had ruled almost two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence.

She said the commission's objective was to complete her report, and it should deal first with details that had arisen in it.

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.

Pressure has been mounting on Zuma to step down after last month's national elective conference which saw Ramaphosa succeed him, as ANC stalwarts and the party's allies, the SACP and Cosatu, stepped up their calls for Zuma to be ousted at on Wednesday's meeting.

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Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, selected by the chief justice will head the commission, Zuma said in the statement. It would be an affront to the people of South Africa for those found to be in violation of the country's guiding principles and laws to be provided with a "deal" or "a way out", simply because of who they are.

President Kenyatta hosted the leader of Africa's second largest economy in October 2016 with many Kenyans hoping South Africa would agree to review its visa requirements.

In 2014 Zuma had failed to abide by recommendations made by the country's anti-corruption watchdog over $15 million (12.5 million euros) of taxpayer-funded refurbishments at his personal home in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

Zuma had initially gone to the court to challenge a report by the former public protector, which alleged that he had allowed a wealthy Indian business family known as the Guptas to "capture the state".

Before taking office, Zuma dismayed the nation during his 2006 rape trial when he told the court he had showered after having unprotected sex with his young HIV-positive accuser to avoid, he said, contracting the virus.

Zuma was acquitted of rape but is often mocked in newspaper cartoons depicting him with a shower nozzle sprouting from his bald head.