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The Presidency still awaits the final report of the Zondo Commission and rejects speculations of interference with the Judiciary

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To avoid any confusion or misunderstanding the Presidency wishes to outline the sequence of events with respect to the submission of the final part of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (“Commission”).
 
 The Presidency has by 23h00, 20 June 2022, still had not received any form of copy of the final report from the Commission.
 
The final part of the Commission report was due to be handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa by 15 June 2022. The commission chair, Chief Justice Raymond  Zondo communicated to President Ramaphosa on Thursday the 16th of June 2022 the delay and undertook to finalise the report as soon as possible. 
 
This led to the media statement from the commission dated, 18 June 2022, in which the commission stated that it was “not able to submit the final volume of its Report to the President on 15 June 2022 due to certain challenges”. 
 
The commission further stated that the electronic report will be submitted to the President on the evening of the 19th of June 2022. This did not unfortunately happen.
 
In the morning of the 20th of June 2022, President Ramaphosa and Chief Justice Zondo held a brief telephone call in which the Chief Justice offered reassurance on the delivery of the report and discussed the coordination for the handover ceremony.
 
The Commission’s team had informed the Presidency that  the report will be finalised after the sitting of the Judicial Service Commission on Monday 20 June 2022 but not in time for the promised handover at 18h00 on the same day. No handover of the report can take place until and unless the Chief Justice has finalised his work. 
 
A tentative date of Wednesday 22 June 2022 was therefore agreed due to this further delay, and to President Ramaphosa being scheduled to deliver the eulogy at the Official Funeral of King Zanozuko Sigcau on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape. 
 
In its communication dated 20 June 2022, the commission stated that “due to challenges in processing Part V and VI of the Report on time for the handover to the President by 18h00 today, 20 June 2022, it has been agreed to move the event to Wednesday, 22 June 2022 the original handover date in Cape Town”. 
 
The Presidency therefore rejects claims that the President has in any manner interfered with the work of the commission or the judiciary as speculated by some opposition parties. 
 
Communication between the Chief Justice and the President has been over the delays in the delivery of the report and finalising the date for the official handover of the report. 
 
President Ramaphosa has thus far received Part One to Part Four of the reports. The first part of the report was handed over to the President by the Chief Justice, on 4 January 2022. 
 
The second, third and fourth reports were handed over on 1 February 2022, 1 March 2022 and 29 April 2022 respectively to Director-General in The Presidency, Ms Phindile Baleni.
 
The Presidency will  make an announcement  once it has received the final report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.
 
 
Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315  or media@presidency.gov.za
 
Issued by: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
Pretoria