A hawkish National Treasury led by finance minister Tito Mboweni will not be allocating any new cash to the Zondo commission of inquiry, no topic its closing date being prolonged by three months.
The closing date for the inquiry into order accumulate, headed by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, modified into prolonged by the Gauteng excessive court to the finish of June after an pressing court application by Zondo.
Zondo, among various reasons, cited the outcomes of lockdown restrictions on the work of the commission and the necessity to call extra watch, equivalent to former president Jacob Zuma. Mboweni increased the funds of the commission by R63m in his medium-interval of time funds in October when its closing date modified into prolonged to March 2021.
But now Mboweni says executive has no more cash to throw Zondo’s system.
He acknowledged the Division of Justice and constitutional style would possibly per chance well need no chance but to reduce some of its spending plans to finance the prolonged mandate of the commission.
“This perpetual extension of the inquiry into order accumulate is not if truth be told conducive. They must finish their work, in actuality their work in my be taught about is noteworthy not up to the work that modified into accomplished by the commission of inquiry into the Public Funding Corporation.
“The PIC commission of inquiry has concluded and this one appropriate retains happening and on, so it must finish at some stage except their DG has the relaxation to assert, I make not mediate I’m going to register on another tranche of cash to the order accumulate commission. They must finish their work.”
The commission has mark taxpayers more than R700m since it modified into instituted in 2018, with attorneys charging as noteworthy as R38,000 a day.
National Treasury DG Dondo Mogajane acknowledged the excessive simply funds the commission paid its attorneys wished to reviewed.
“There has to be reprioritisation inner the Division of Justice. There are a host of issues that ought to be regarded as there: the mark of the commission itself, the mark of the attorneys, the on day by day basis remuneration costs … are issues that must be regarded as.
“We are going to lend a hand the division to reprioritise from inner and not by us giving … resources to the commission.”
‘They must finish their work’: Mboweni says no more cash for Zondo inquiry