Is the Zondo Commission still a truth-finding commission or a tool for political battles?

Lately the commission has been receiving a lot of criticism.

Others have accused it of being used by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s faction within the ANC to discredit the previous administration. Despite it being the most costly probe in Mzansi’s history, it seems to be losing its credibility and purpose daily.

Among other criticisms on record include that of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, saying the commission has been turned into a place where everyone who wants to urinate goes.

What further fuels the loss of trust in the commission is when prominent people, such as former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana and former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko, take to social media to indicate their attempts to reach the commission and give evidence and respond to those who have implicated them fall on deaf ears.

As if that was not enough, former president Jacob Zuma said he will no longer co-operate with the commission.

Other witnesses such as former SAA board chairwoman Dudu Myeni sparked public outcry as she did not even attempt to answer some of the questions posed to her by the lead investigators of the commission.

With the commission expected to wrap up its work next month, it appears it might have to head to court to ask for yet another extension to complete its work.

The commission has now been going on for over two years and corruption beans have been spilled. Massive corruption, fraud and money laundering activities have been exposed.

But no successful prosecution has been secured despite all the evidence in possession of the commission.

  • Dineo Rasekhula