Parliament, Monday, 5 September 2022 –The Presiding Officers of Parliament have noted with concern the sentiments published in the media this weekend, attributed to the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Raymond Zondo, expressing doubt that Parliament was capable of stopping another Gupta-style takeover of the state coffers.

Parliament is awaiting the submission of the Executive's programme of action in order to ensure necessary oversight over its implementation. Parliament had, in the interim, also immediately implemented remedial measures on matters emerging from the reports which directly requires its action. Further analysis is being undertaken internally to ensure all matters emanating from the Report are given due regard.

Only then can Parliament's commitment to ensure the implementation of remedial actions to root out the phenomenon of state capture and ensure preventative interventions, should be judged.

At an appropriate time, the Presiding Officers will engage with the Chief Justice regarding his statements.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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