The official release of the first part of the report following the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture will be delayed until after Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been buried.
In a media briefing on Friday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said that commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was ready to give President Cyril Ramaphosa the first part of the report by close of business on December 28.
But, in honour of Tutu – who will be buried on Saturday – the report will be formally handed over on Tuesday, said Gungubele.
“While the commission has indicated that it is ready to hand over the report today, December 31, as it had committed [to do], the formal handover of the report will only take place early next week due to the mourning period.”
Earlier this month, the Pretoria High Court extended the commission’s term to February 28.
In terms of its submissions to the court, the commission will submit its report in three parts. The the second part is expected at the end of next month and the last part at the end of February.
The court ordered Ramaphosa to submit the report to Parliament by June 20 and include an indication on how to implement the commission’s recommendations.
Over the past few years, the state capture inquiry has heard testimony from hundreds of witnesses who spoke out about alleged corruption in government and in state-owned enterprises during former president Jacob Zuma’s reign.
Gungubele said:As the president indicated to the court, only once the final instalment has been received will it be possible to have complete sight of the report’s implications and to develop implementation plan on the recommendations.
Zondo will present the report to Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Gungubele was unsure whether the public would be able to view the report on Tuesday, saying it would either be available then or later in the week.
“The decision is that the report will be published immediately. It may not be Tuesday, but it will be published during the course of next week. It might be published on Tuesday, but it will be published. We are not going to keep it.”
Government could not determine how those who were implicated in corruption would be handled until the report had been scrutinised, nor until Ramaphosa had seen the entire report, he said.
Gungubele said: I can assure you that they will be handled in line with the prescripts of the laws of South Africa and, of course, with our moral stand being at the centre with regard to fighting corruption in our country.