The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) welcomes the release of the public Protector’s report on state capture investigations. This report was released late due to opposition by the President and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister Des Van Rooyen. The opposition to the release of the report was based, amongst others, on the belief that the President and The Minister were entitled to question the witnesses before the Public Protector has compiled her final report.
BLA is seriously worried by the extent of possible corruption, exposed by the report, between the Gupta family and some officials of the government including the management and boards of control of some State Owned Enterprises. We implore the National Prosecuting Authority to take the necessary steps, with immediate effect, against all persons who are implicated in the report to have committed criminal offences.
As much as we fully support the Public Protector’s remedial action of appointment of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, we believe that such a commission must be instituted in terms of the provisions of section 84(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. We are aware that the President has the right to review the Public Protector’s Remedial Action but, in this instance, we call upon the President not to review same for the purposes of speedy resolution of this national thorny issue.
We also commend the judiciary for its prompt adjudication of the case, its unwavering position and steadfastness on the rule of law; and its endeavor to speedily bringing to finality issues of national interest.
Lutendo Benedict Sigogo