President Cyril Ramaphosa will be appearing before the State Capture Commission much sooner than expected.
While it had been known that Ramaphosa would give testimony, the commission said it still needed to assign specific dates. Being president and having been deputy president during former president Jacob Zuma’s tumultuous tenure, Ramaphosa has quite a lot to answer for.
Zuma is alleged to have orchestrated a massive looting spree at critical state institutions including Eskom, South African Airways (SAA) and the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa), to name but a few – all with the help of the Gupta family, his son and fellow comrades in the ANC.
While Ramaphosa has presented himself as an anti-corruption champion, many people have wondered how active he was in either countering it or aiding it. To date, there’s not much linking the president to lucrative government contracts, however the latest personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal surrounding his spokesperson Khusela Diko as well as Bosasa’s R500 000 donation, have raised a few eyebrows.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, that President Cyril Ramaphosa would be giving testimony on 22, 23, 28, and 29th of April 2021.
DCJ says he has determined the dates for President Ramaphosa to appear before the commission for 4 days. he says which will be the 22, 23, 28, and 29th of April 2021, He says he will be testifying in his capacity as the President of the Country. #StateCaptureInquiry
— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) March 24, 2021
Zondo said Ramaphosa would be appearing in capacity as head of state.
“I had previously said that President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the commission at some stage and that he had indicated that he would be ready to come and testify and be questioned about any matters that are being investigated by the commission once I had determined the dates”
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Clarifying the dates, Zondo said on 22 and 23 April, the commission would hear testimony related to the African National Congress (ANC), of which Ramaphosa is president. The president had long indicated that he was willing to give his side of the story and answer to shocking allegations levelled against both the state and ANC.