Thursday, 28 April 2022 11:37

State Capture Commission granted extension to deliver the final report.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The High Court in Pretoria has granted Chief Justice Raymond Zondo a six-week extension to deliver the fifth and final instalment of the report into allegations of state capture.

Zondo had approached the court earlier this month for the extension of the deadline, citing difficulty in completing the report.

To date, no notices to oppose have been received by the court.

The extension of the deadline to deliver the fifth and final state capture commission report will be welcomed by the Commission, which has been under pressure to deliver the fourth instalment.

Part five of the report includes investigations into the SABC, the State Security Agency, Estina Dairy Farm, the Waterkloof landing by associates of the Gupta family, and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

Zondo said that while a lot of ground had been covered, they had not yet been able to complete part five of the report and would not be able to do so by the end of April.

However, part four of the report is still expected to be released on Friday.

Judge Anthony Millar said he had read the papers and was satisfied that a case had been made for the relief sought, which is an extension to 15 June 2022.

Millar also noted that three of the respondents had filed notices to abide, while the rest had not filed any notices.

The previous reports implicated senior government officials in corruption. It also recommended that law enforcement agencies investigate those named.