Former President, Thabo Mbeki, says what many witnesses have told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture shows that the African continent has serious leadership challenges.

He was delivering his annual lecture at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. Mbeki, who also paid tribute to former UNISA Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya, said strong leadership with integrity and high ethical morals were needed on the continent.

“In the context of the proceedings of the Zondo Commission on State Capture, in this particular challenge about leadership, much of the inability of the continent to maximise its huge potential can be ascribed to a death in the right caliber of leadership on our continent; honourable men and women of vision and integrity who’s committed to their people and their countries,” says the former South African president.

On Thursday, African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa conceded that the governing party was slow in its response to the allegations of state capture.

He expressed regret over the delay in instituting a probe into the Guptas influence on the executive through Parliament’s committees in 2016. However, denied that this was due to deliberate resistance.

Ramaphosa on the party’s delay in investigating the Gupta family:

Former Transnet Group CEO, Siyabonga Gama, will take the stand at the Zondo Commission on Friday.