South Africa – Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the Establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into State of Capture

Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the Establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into State of Capture:

Fellow South Africans

Pursuant to the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector regarding complaints and allegations of the State of Capture, as well as the orders issued by the North Gauteng High Court in its judgment of 14 December 2017, I have decided to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.

The Court ordered that, among other things, the remedial action of the Public Protector is binding and that the President is directed to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days, headed by a judge solely selected by the Chief Justice. The Court also ordered that I should personally pay the costs of the review.

I have appealed the cost order as well as the order regarding the duties of the President to appoint commissions of inquiry in terms of section 84 of the Constitution.

However, I am taking further legal advice on the prosecution of this appeal. I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention.

I have only appealed the orders to the extent that they set a particular precedent for the Office of the President of the Republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty.

The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty.

Accordingly, I have decided that, while the issues determined by the order require final determination by higher courts, this matter cannot wait any longer.

It is of such serious public concern that any further delay will make the public doubt government’s determination to dismantle all forms of corruption, and entrench the public perception that the state has been captured by private interests for nefarious and self-enrichment purposes.

The commission must seek to uncover not just the conduct of some, but of all those who may have rendered our state or parts thereof vulnerable to control by forces other than the public for which government is elected.

There should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry.

I am also mindful of the concerns raised by the Public Protector in her report, wherein she lamented the lack of resources to conduct a wider inquiry into this matter.

Accordingly, by making more resources available, it is my sincere hope that the commission, will be able to reach many of those areas of concern that may not have been reached by the Public Protector’s investigation, but form part of what she might have investigated, had she had sufficient resources to do so.

I have considered this matter very carefully, including the unprecedented legal implications of the order directing the Chief Justice to select a single judge to head the commission of inquiry. I have expressed my reservations about the legality of this directive, which may be the subject of the appeal.

I would like to emphasise that I have faith in all the judges and their ability to execute their tasks with the requisite levels of fairness, impartiality and independence.

I requested the Chief Justice to provide me with the name of the judge to head the Commission. He has selected Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo to undertake this task.

I urge everyone to cooperate with the commission of inquiry.

I trust that we will all respect the process and place no impediments to prevent the Commission from doing its work.

I thank you.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana Ministers of Energy to join TOTAL, CI-GNL, RLSF, APUA, ANARÉ and WAGPA at the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Côte d’Ivoire this January

With confirmed participation of H.E Honourable Malick Alhousseini, H.E Honourable Professor Alfa Oumar Dissa, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy, Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l’Electricité (Anaré), TOTAL, CI-GNL, Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) and West Africa Gas Pipeline Authority Company (WAGPA), the fast approaching Regional Energy Co-operation Summit 2018 ( will establish the roadmap for sustainable electricity trade in ECOWAS’ booming gas and energy markets.

Alongside the Energy Commission of Ghana, Electricity Company of Ghana and GridCo, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy will be in attendance at ministerial level alongside their distinguished counterparts from Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria to present some of the latest projects seeking investment and strategize regional initiatives for power, infrastructures and gas development.

Attracting market leaders such as ENGIE, Siemens, Manitoba Hydro International, METKA, Wärtsilä and BLP LLP and endorsed by ANER, the Regional Summit continues to be the annual platform where public and private stakeholders and industry experts can stay up-to-date with upcoming projects in the pipeline and new strategies to unlock gas and power trading in West Africa. With the arrival of Côte d’Ivoire’s first LNG-import terminal and ambitions to establish a regional hub for gas distribution, LNG industry leaders CI-GNL and TOTAL will join Director General, Debo Barandao of WAGPA to discuss regional gas development.

Sharing ENGIE‘s perspective on how the investment summit provides a solid foundation for gleaning of vital industry updates, Philippe Miquel, CEO Western & Central Africa tells us “The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Abidjan is of great interest to ENGIE as it facilitates discussions and sharing of successes with all relevant stakeholders involved in energy cooperation in Africa: public and private, industrial and financial players, developers and customers of energy facilities, with the common intention of creating shared value.”

Amongst distinguished energy leaders who will evaluate and assess energy solutions across West Africa that will provide further economic prosperity and industrial growth and ensure sustainable energy security, we welcome:

  • H.E. Honourable Alfa Oumar Dissa, Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso
  • H.E Honourable Malick Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
  • Distinguished Senator Mustapha Bukar, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel, Development & Metallurgy, The Senate, National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Hippolyte Ebagnitchie, General Director, Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l’Electricité, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary, Energy Commission of Ghana
  • Abel Didier Tella, Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
  • Jean Jaylet, Vice President LNG & Economy in the Gas, Renewables and Power, TOTAL
  • Remi Duchateau, Director General, CI-GNL
  • Dijby Ndiaye, Managing Director, Senegalese Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER)
  • Mahamane Sow, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Côte d’Ivoire
  • Rumundaka Wonodi, former CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Founder & CEO, ZKJ Energy Partners
  • Robert Schlotterer, Lead Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees Group, World Bank
  • Peter Koninckx, Director of Power Generation and Transmission Solutions, Siemens
  • Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Clare Sierawski, West Africa Country Manager, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Power Africa.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of EnergyNet Ltd..

For more information about this meeting:
Contact: Monique Bonnick – Marketing Executive
Event dates: 24th – 25th January 2018
Event location: Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire
Organisers: EnergyNet, Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 7384 7901

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East Africa Islamic Economy Summit 2018 returns to Nairobi, Kenya

‘East Africa’s fairly developed infrastructure and communication sector, a young educated tech savvy population and their ability to capitalise on technology development provides a great opportunity for the region to lead in the Islamic Finance digital economy’ – Agnes Gitau, GBS Africa ( elaborating the theme of the 3rd edition of the East Africa Islamic Economy Summit (

The East Africa’s Islamic Economy Summit 2018 which takes place in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi on the 24th & 25th is therefore themed around Fintech as a driver for Islamic Economy in East Africa as well as Financial inclusion in the region.

Five years back, with the support of key institutions in East Africa, GBS Africa started a conversation around Islamic Finance, Islamic Economy and East Africa’s economic development. This conversation has grown to become an annual gathering for the region where significant players in East Africa’s economy meet to set the way forward for the development of the sector, aligning deliberations to East Africa’s economic development agenda. This year’s program which has had great input from leading experts in the Islamic Economy will therefore cover Islamic Economy to define its role within the Financial sector, the emergence of Fintech, opportunities for East Africa in the Islamic digital economy which according to Ernst &Young has the potential of 150 million new customers by 2021.

Kenya, renowned not only for its Athletic might but also as the country that pioneered the mobile money technology through MPESA, continues to make efforts towards its vision to become Africa’s Financial hub. The East Africa nation which will host this year’s event joined the Islamic Financial Board last year and has indicated plans for a Sukuk Bond to finance both national and regional infrastructure projects.

The conference will look at key factors that will impact the development of Islamic Economy in the region and call on all stakeholders to play their role in advancing Financial Inclusion in East Africa.

For more information on the Conference and to register:



Distributed by APO Group on behalf of GBS Africa.

Steven Owuor
Conference Co-ordinator
Islamic Finance

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WHO Director General Dr. Tedros visits Kenya

The WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will make his first official visit to Kenya from today January 9-10.

His short visit will include a courtesy call and meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Health Cabinet/Ministry, signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNEP, and a visit to Kiambu Hospital.

The MOU will focus on a collaborative effort between the two agencies on matters health and environment and particularly the working mechanisms and implementation of the UNEA III resolutions on Air Pollution, Health and Environment, Chemicals, Water and Sanitation as part of the wider “Health, Environment and Climate Change Coalition.

The DG will also meet heads of other UN agencies WHO Kenya staff, and will also make a visit to Kiambu Hospital where he will speak to the media.

Event: WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ visit, Kiambu Hospital
Venue: Kiambu Hospital, Kiambu County
Time: 4pm, January 10, 2018.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO).

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