Ramaphosa to testify at state capture commission

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa is to testify over four days at the judicial commission into state capture, fraud and corruption.

The South African presidency confirmed today that Ramaphosa will appear before the commission, chaired by Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, from April 22-29.

The presidency said Ramaphosa will testify in his capacity as President and former Deputy President of the Republic and as President and former Deputy President of the African National Congress.

“This is in line with the President’s many public statements in which he has expressed his willingness to testify before the Commission,” the Presidency said in a statement.

In addition to testifying about his roles, Ramaphosa is expected to be asked to respond to the many allegations that have been levelled against him.

One of them was tabled by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who claimed that Ramaphosa’s political position was used by mining company Glencore to advance their business interests. Molefe also claimed that when he was deputy president and in charge of the turnaround of state-owned enterprises, which includes Eskom, Ramaphosa was not neutral but furthered the interest of Glencore. This is despite the fact that he had resigned his directorship when he became deputy president.

Ramaphosa is also expected to field questions about what he did or did not do when he realised, during his tenure as deputy president, that the capture of state institutions was underway.

Already, Afriforum, a civil society orgnisation, has declared that it wants to cross examine Ramaphosa.



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