Thursday, 23 January 2020 20:33

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that the commission of inquiry into state capture has applied for another extension until 31 December 2020.

Zondo has warned that if the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture does not get an extension, it will not be able to complete its work.

“This would mean that all necessary investigations will not be done,” Zondo told a media on Thursday.

He said should the extension not be granted, the commission would not be able to make any findings as the inquiry still had a long way to go before it could exhaust the terms of reference given to it by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The commission was initially granted an extension to February 2020, but Zondo said that time was now inadequate to finish its work.

Since filing the application in court, the state attorney has not received any objections from anyone saying the extension should be granted.By end of last year, the commission had heard evidence from more than 150 witness. It sat for more than 190 days and has transcripts which are more than 27 000 pages. Exhibits with the commission’s legal team which includes statement from witnesses are more than 450 000 pages.

Zondo said although he did not want to preempt the outcome of the application, he was hopeful the extension would be granted.

Alternatively, the deputy Chief Justice said the commission could request President Cyril Ramaphosa to narrow the terms of reference to the Public Protector’s report, which established the commission.

Zondo said the commission had unearthed a lot of corruption which took place but there was more.

The application is expected to be heard on February 11.