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Commission cost almost a R1-billion

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

THE judicial commission into state capture, theft and corruption in South Africa has cost the taxpayer almost R1-billion but its work has led to the recovery of over R864-million, chairperson of the commission, Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo has revealed.

In remarks at the media briefing, Zondo revealed that:

  • The commission has, until yesterday, sat for 418 days hearing evidence.
  • Transcripts of the hearing run into 71 000 pages.
  • Over 300 witnesses have testified before the commission.

Zondo said R864-million was recovered, as a result of the work of the commission and paid back to Eskom.

Zondo expressed appreciation to the commission staff, who continued to work despite the delay of their payment. “They went beyond the call of duty. Some payment was made  which covered mostly everyone in terms of the last few months of last year, up until the end of March. There may be some outstanding payments of recent months but my understanding is that most of it should be sorted,” he said, adding that the commission was in talks with the National Treasury to resolve budget issues.

He said the commission has been careful in its management of and had not overspent monies allocated to it.

By The African Mirror

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