The South African Communist Party is concerned that a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture with too wide a scope could "dilute" it and ensure that it is never completed. This follows the decision by the ANC national executive committee (NEC) that a broader judicial commission of inquiry into state capture should be set up by President Jacob Zuma and that it should span the period during which the party had been in power, from 1994 to date. This was despite former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation for a judicial commission of inquiry to focus on the Guptas, and not the broader commission the ANC is now seeking. SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Sunday the party had been calling for an independent judicial commission of inquiry to be established. As it was a constitutional matter, it would be better to go directly to the Constitutional Court to seek a clarificatory order not to delay the commission. "At the same time we don’t want to suppress t...

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