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Will action against those implicated only take place a decade after the alleged malfeasance?

20/11/2018 SOUTH AFRICA- Johannesburg. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan take a stand at state capture inquiry. Picture: Dimpho Maja/Africannewsagency (ANA)

As public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan wrapped up his detailed and explosive statement to the Zondo commission of inquiry yesterday, questions were being raised over how his testimony can be converted into action against those implicated in state capture.

The inquiry, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, will complete hearing evidence by August next year, and Justice Zondo will have to compile the report and analyse the evidence before submitting his final report to President Cyril Ramaphosa before March 2020.

In his testimony, Gordhan said he believed that state capture started in 2010 after the dismissal of former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan.

Will action against those implicated only take place a decade after the alleged malfeasance?

And will it allow those implicated to ensure that documents go missing, as has already been suggested by Gordhan?

Justice Zondo, presented with prima facie evidence of state capture in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, has to authenticate this evidence and this will be the aspect of the commission that will take the most time. If assets and money that have been looted as a result of state capture are moved offshore and if documents go missing before Justice Zondo makes his findings, then this will undermine the purpose of the inquiry.