Political analyst Karima Brown says it has yet to be seen if an inquiry into state capture is a genuine attempt by the President to get to the bottom of the issue, or is rather a cynical manipulation of the process to try and give his supporters in the new NEC ammunition to "fend off" calls to have him step down.
Despite his own "reservations" about the North Gauteng High Court directive that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng appoint one judge, Zuma announced on Tuesday his decision to establish a Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into State of Capture https://t.co/OiSGzBlAIo— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) January 9, 2018
Brown says political analyst and parties believe Zuma is "extremely rattled".
A lot of political parties and analysts last night citing the fact that it looks as if President Jacob Zuma is extremely rattled because the announcement came on the eve of the first inaugural meeting of the new executive committee of the African National Congress under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa as president. And, of course, there is increased speculation that the ANC could well ask the President to step down.— Karima Brown, political analyst
There are 180 days in which the work of the Commission needs to be done and then there are two weeks for the report to be released and then, of course, it has to go to Parliament. That is going to become the indicators to look at whether this is a genuine attempt by the President to in fact get to the bottom of state capture.— Karima Brown, political analyst
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