The terms of reference act as a guideline for the Commission in their investigations.
President Jacob Zuma, some members of his Cabinet and the Gupta family will come under scrutiny when the State of Capture commission of inquiry gets under way.
Fourteen months after former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her State of Capture report, President Jacob Zuma has officially given the go-ahead for an inquiry to take her damning findings forward after he published its terms of reference in the Government Gazette on Thursday, more than two weeks since he appointed Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to chair the inquiry.
The commission will try to establish whether Zuma or any other senior state official violated the Constitution or ethics code by facilitating the unlawful awarding of tenders to the Gupta family or any other family or entity doing business with government.
Possible irregularities, undue enrichment, corruption and undue influence in awarding contracts, mining licenses, government advertising in the The New Age newspaper (formerly owned by the Guptas) and other Gupta businesses that may have improperly benefited from government contracts are also to be investigated.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane's baffling announcement on a commission of inquiry into why South Africa's four big banks closed the family's accounts, which both the presidency and Cabinet distanced themselves from will also form part of the inquiry.
Speaking at the offices of the Chief Justice in Midrand, .
The Department of Justice has also said regulations would follow the terms of reference and give the commission the legal right to conduct the investigation.
The Zondo Commission, according to the proclamations, will be guided by former public protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report, the constitution, relevant legislation, policies, and guidelines, as well as the order of the Pretoria High Court on December 14 previous year.
The terms of reference outline the focus of the probe - in this case, whether it should focus exclusively on the state capture identified by former public protector Thuli Madonsela, whether it should include the leaked Gupta emails, or whether it should expand to cover apartheid-era corruption as well. "The terms of reference are urgent".