Zondo witnesses rack up fees... and you’re paying

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo during the state capture inquiry in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo during the state capture inquiry in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Image: ALON SKUY

Taxpayers aren’t just funding the more than half-a-billion-rand operations of the Zondo state capture inquiry, they’re paying the legal fees of certain witnesses and implicated officials as well, including former president Jacob Zuma.

And in almost all of these funding cases, there is no guarantee that the office bearers involved will be required to pay back the money if they are found by the inquiry to have acted outside the course and scope of their official duties.

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