South African Communist Party (SACP), spokesperson Alex Mashilo says South Africans shouldn’t be distracted by former President Jacob Zuma’s revelations before the State Capture Commission.

Zuma made several claims against senior African National Congress (ANC) members on Monday during his first day on the stand, even claiming that former Cabinet Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was an apartheid-spy when he was younger.

Mashilo says the commission needs to deal with the corruption the country has suffered in the last 10 years.

“In the first place it is important that we go back to the purpose for which the commission was established. The basis would be to investigate the allegations contained. In the past 9/10 years or so SAA is in crisis, SABC is in crisis, Transnet was plunged into crisis, PRASA went to crisis that cannot be denied. These institutions didn’t plunge themselves into crisis but by appointed people. Now we should stay firm on why this commission was established, we don’t veer away from that.”

Meanwhile, Former North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo has appealed to the media to stop spreading, what he called the “fallacy” that former President Jacob Zuma’s time in office was nine wasted years.

Mahumapelo was among dozens of Zuma supporters who attended the former President’s first day of appearance before the State Capture Commission.

Mahumapelo says the media must report the truth that  Zuma did all he could to improve the country.

“You may not like him right; you may hate him for your reasons, but when the truth is supposed to be told, please tell the truth. Don’t hide the truth, we will then respect you as the media. That it is objective and reporting a particular narrative, that is not right in this particular country.”

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