After President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Tuesday‚ the South African Communist Party said there is even more reason for him to step down as President.
Late on Tuesday, the party said the commission has presented a potential conflict for Zuma and has now worsened matters with regards to his resignation.
In a statement issued by the SACP it is said that; “It would be inappropriate for the president to decide the terms of reference for an investigation on allegations he is implicated in,”
The SACP was doubtful about Zuma’s motives as stated in the inquiry‚ even though it welcomed the establishment of the commission.
“Just two days after the 54th National Conference of the ANC last month resolved that the matter must be expedited‚ President Zuma appealed the 14 December 2017 judgment of the North Gauteng High Court ordering him to appoint the commission within 30 days‚” the party said.
“The appeal was a clear contradiction of the mandate to expedite the matter. The president’s conduct delaying the appointment of the commission would have further prevailed had it not been for mounting public pressure,” said the SACP.
The SACP has also in several instances raised concerns about the president being the one to decide on allegations that he is implicated in.
Political Parties including the Democratic Alliance (DA) have also cautiously welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s decision to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of state capture but said he not off the hook.
In a statement issued, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said; “The announcement of the commission of inquiry does not let Jacob Zuma off the hook” and the DA will closely watch developments around the commission over the next 180 days.