President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday evening that chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had appointed his deputy to head a commission of inquiry into political corruption, which was recommended in an October 2016 report by the previous public protector Thuli Madonsela.
He said the announcement of the commission of inquiry "does not let Jacob Zuma off the hook" and that the DA would closely watch developments around the commission over the next 180 days.
"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 made a decision to appoint a Commission of Inquiry", Zuma said in a statement.
The announcement has sparked comments and conversation on Twitter.
Zuma had also previously sought to block the release of the 2016 report, entitled "State of Capture", which focused on allegations that Zuma's friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers.More news: Prayers for Jessica go internet-wide as life support turned off
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It would be an affront to the people of South Africa for those found to be in violation of the country's guiding principles and laws to be provided with a "deal" or "a way out", simply because of who they are. We hope that the NEC will have the backbone to heed calls by Robben Islanders such as Ahmed Kathrada and Laloo Chiba, as well as numerous other veterans, who have called for Zuma to step down. "It (Zuma's recall) never arose", Dlamini said.
"There should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry", he continued, before adding that he expects everyone to cooperate with the inquiry".
Zuma said he was going to set up the commission even though he still had reservations about the legality of Madonsela's recommendations. "It is two years too late, if you look at when the first whistle-blowing happened, and more than a year after I had asked him to establish a commission".
Madonsela says although evidence may have been compromised, the situation "can still be salvaged".
"Accordingly, by making more resources available, it is my honest 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".
Judges have said the commission of inquiry must complete its work within six months of being established.