solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity has called for the appointment of an acting president pending the finalisation of the report by the inquiry into allegations of state capture as directed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.  

The union filed a petition at Parliament on Friday and delivered letters to the Cabinet and the office of the speaker setting out the grounds for this request.  The normal procedure in a labour context, in circumstances such as this, would be to suspend an employee pending the finalisation of an investigation, Solidarity CE Dirk Hermann pointed out on Sunday.  He added that, given the position of power that President Jacob Zuma enjoys, he should also be placed in a position where he cannot interfere with or influence the investigation of the commission of inquiry.

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