President Ramaphosa to appear at State Capture Commission next week Wednesday and Thursday

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the State Capture Commission next week Wednesday and Thursday, 11th and 12th August.

He will first conclude his evidence as the president and deputy president of the governing ANC and then go on to testify as the president of the country.

In his previous appearance, he was cross-examined by some opposition parties and Afri-Forum among others on the ANC’s cadre deployment practice which was criticised as one of the aspects that enabled the capture of the state.

At the time Ramaphosa defended the practice saying it’s being used in most countries including the UK.

VIDEO| ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State Capture Commission:

Ramaphosa also said he is not at the State Capture Commission to make excuses for the governing party or defend the indefensible.

Commission Chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, thanked Ramaphosa for agreeing to testify.

“Mr President, we are happy that you are here, representing the ruling party. We are happy that the President of the party is the one who comes to give evidence to the commission. I also want to say that your appearance before this commission is not a result of a decision taken recently, it is a decision that was taken in 2018 as you will remember,” said Zondo.

Summary of ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony at the State Capture Inquiry:

Ramaphosa also reiterated the ANC and government’s support for the work of the Commission as part of strengthening the country’s democracy.

“The ANC has taken this position knowing that the organisation itself would be placed under great scrutiny and that the process of examining these matters will be difficult and painful for the ANC. Nevertheless, the ANC maintains that this commission is a necessary part of the broader social effort of ending all forms of state capture and corruption.”