BLSA Deputy Chairman, Bonang Mohale, expressed his disappointment at the ANC National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision that the scope of a proposed judicial commission of inquiry be broadened and reiterated the key messages from the media release on Radio 702’s The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes that BLSA is concerned with the intrinsic conflict of interest if President Jacob Zuma were to appoint a judge for the commission, saying: “We talk about conflict of interest, the President is the protagonist and at the center stage of the State of Ccapture Report. How then being the one who is implicated does he choose the judge that is going to oversee the process?[sic]”
Mr Mohale noted that this is, “exactly the same situation where the President of the ANC chairs the NEC and somehow we expect that people will garner enough confidence to express a motion of no confidence in the same president who is chairing the same meeting, looking at the NEC members ,while he has the power to reshuffle a cabinet four times in five years.” Concluding that this, “is why we are saying an independent organ; in this instance Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, appoint the judge and determine the terms of reference. Otherwise the President will be the executer, the judge, the executioner and determine what agenda needs to be included in the same way he determines the agenda of the ANC NEC.”

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