'Zuma had no choice but to act on state capture inquiry'

Questions are being asked about the timing of President Zuma's late-night announcement on Tuesday that a commission of inquiry into state capture is being established.

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at university of Johannesburg, Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana says President Zuma had no choice but to act on the inquiry into state capture.

Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he has appointed deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to head the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

According to Ndletyana, the ANC has decided that Zuma needs to appoint the commission and believes the President is now acting in the hope that it will buy him some time not to be recalled by the ANC.

He was forced into acting now because he didn't want to do it. He has been appealing it for sometime...

Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ

It is not about this particular problem, but it's a point about his entire presidency and the fact that the ANC has to clean house.

Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ

Cyril's presidency has promised a new beginning for the ANC and government and they know that Zuma has been a major problem and a liability for the party.

Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ

There have been concerns about the power balance within the NEC and Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of the ANC, he adds.

Ndletyana says he doesn't see any major obstacles because the ANC NEC tends to follow whoever is in power and can secure their interests.

NEC members follow the new guy in charge because that's the guy that calls shots, he hires and fires and most people prefers not to be fired.

Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ

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