Zondo’s back – with just two months left to finish his work

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Zondo’s back – with just two months left to finish his work

Deputy chief justice has until the end of February to complete his hearings, but sources say he’ll ask for an extension

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Wild spy conspiracies, sudden and selective amnesia and jaw-dropping accounts of corruption on a grand scale can all be expected to resume when deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo reconvenes his commission of inquiry into claims of state capture.

In March, evidence leader Paul Pretorius said 250 witnesses were lined up to present their testimonies. But by the time Zondo went on holiday, fewer than half that number had been in the hot seat.

The commission has until the end of next month to complete its public hearings, after which Zondo will draft his report to President Cyril Ramaphosa. But commission sources said Zondo was likely to ask Ramaphosa for an extension until at least June. This should be enough time to hear from all witnesses, but there will still be the challenge of allowing implicated individuals to respond to allegations against them...

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