On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a significant change to regulations for the much-anticipated state-capture inquiry. Regulation 8(1), as signed off by Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma, stated that no witness may refuse to answer questions posed at the commission. But it was Regulation 8(2) that was deemed problematic. The original regulation stated that "no evidence regarding questions and answers contemplated in sub-regulation (1), and no evidence regarding any fact or information that comes to light in consequence of any such questions or answers, shall be admissible in any criminal proceedings, except in criminal proceedings where the person concerned is charged with an offence in terms of Section 6 of the Commissions Act, 1947 (Act No. 8 of 1947), or regulation 12. Effectively, it granted immunity for any evidence presented at the commission. AfriForum, among others, wanted this regulation changed — and were prepared to go to court. But on Friday, Ramaphosa replaced r...

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