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No leaks at vital Zondo Commission

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Journalists and newspapers all over the world thrive on such juicy revelations and will go out of their way to publish political scandals

21/01/2019.Johannesburg: Former chief operations officer of Bosasa Angelo Agrzzi took the stand and testified in the state capture commission of inquiry in Parktown, Gauteng. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ African News Agency(ANA)

THE explosive evidence coming out of the commission of inquiry into state capture is vital in the crackdown against corruption in government and the private sector.

The truth that the commission is trying to uncover, and the sensitive information brought before it, makes the work of the commission extremely important in achieving accountability and justice, and in protecting our hard-won democracy.

It is for this reason that we are very concerned about the continued leaking of information to the public before it is led at the commission.

A weekend newspaper reported that Bosasa’s former chief operations officer, Angelo Agrizzi, was set to reveal a list of prominent figures who were receiving monthly bribes from the company, including former president Jacob Zuma, Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, and heavyweights of the National Prosecuting Authority – suspended deputy national director Nomgcobo Jiba and suspended head of the specialised commercial crimes unit Lawrence Mrwebi.

Granted, journalists and newspapers all over the world thrive on such juicy revelations and will go out of their way to publish political scandals.

That remains the duty of the Fourth Estate, especially in a democracy like ours.

However, the men and women involved with the commission need to protect the integrity and standing of the inquiry by ensuring that confidential information is not leaked.

We would like to believe that Deputy Justice President Raymond Zondo’s commission is above reproach, and that its only motivation is to seek the truth.

For that to happen it must stay out of ANC factional politics and resist the temptation of taking sides in this messy political mud-slinging.

We hope that Judge Zondo will condemn such leaks in his opening address today, as he promised to do.

The integrity of this very important commission is on the line.