Judge Raymond Zondo’s commission of inquiry into state capture does not need the 24 months he has asked for and it could be done in 12 months, the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) has said in court papers. Zondo has asked the Pretoria high court for an extension to 24 months to conduct the inquiry from the original 180 days, calculated from March 1. The application was granted subject to confirmation by the court in October.

The commission had to adjourn to Friday so its second witness, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, can come to testify. Casac’s Lawson Naidoo said in an answering affidavit to the urgent application made by Zondo in July that "whilst the commission must be given adequate time to discharge its duties, this must be counterbalanced by the need for finality and resolution". In court papers filed last week, Casac proposed a 12-month extension. He said Zondo had not set out a factual basis for a 24-month extension, which is fo...

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