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The Zondo Commission confirms that it is requesting a further two-month extension

The Commission of Inquiry into coup allegations confirmed on Friday that it had approached the Supreme Court in Pretoria for a further extension of the deadline to April 30, 2022.

Should the commission’s judicial request succeed, it means that the final report, due to be delivered to President Cyril Ramaphosa on February 28, will not be the last report.

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In a statementThe commission’s secretary, Reverend Mbuyiselo Stemela, said that if the extension is granted, the inquiry would “submit the balance of its report or part of it by the end of March, and the final part by the end of April 2022”.

The commission’s chairman, acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, submitted parts one and two of the investigative report to the presidency in December 2021 and January this year, respectively.

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The Zondo commission said it would submit more parts of its report to Ramaphosa by the end of this month, but the report will not be complete. The report will reportedly target Eskom, Bosasa and the State Security Service (SSA).

“The commission will deliver further portions of its report to the president at the end of February, which will likely be about 1,500 pages.

“That will be about the same size as the volumes that made up part one and part two of his report, which were delivered at the end of December 2021 and the end of January 2022, respectively. This means that by the end of February, the report that the commission will deliver to the president will contain approximately 3,000 pages of detailed analysis of evidence, findings and recommendations,” Stemela said.

Reasons for delays

The commission said the delay in submitting the full final report was due to a number of factors beyond its control.

Stemela said: “This is regrettable, but this is due to a number of factors, including the fact that the chairman had to take some time to prepare for his interview with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) before Chief Justice and to to equip that interview, as well as the fact that he needs more time to go through further documents on certain topics that have been submitted to him and that some of those who help him with documents related to the report need motherhood to put them in whether they will be submitting too close to the deadline or will need to submit them after the end of February.”

Zondo wanted to make it clear to South Africans that the delay in submitting the final report was not due to dereliction of duty, as the committee wanted to do its job properly.

“In conclusion, it is hoped that all concerned will appreciate that the report that the committee will have delivered to the president by the end of February will be a substantial report by all standards.”

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