Zondo Inquiry: Ramaphosa Appearance Shows Respect

The African National Congress (ANC) says the appearance of its leader President Cyril Ramaphosa at the commission of inquiry into state capture is a demonstration of respect for the inquiry.

Ramaphosa appeared before the commission on Tuesday and will again do so today.

“President Ramaphosa’s appearance before the commission is yet another demonstration of how much the ANC and government respect institutions established to strengthen our democracy and enhance accountability,” said party spokesperson, Pule Mabe.

“Consistent with the 54th National Conference, the ANC reiterates its support for the Commission of Enquiry into State Capture and its confidence in Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

“The ANC is on record as having called on its members and supporters – and indeed all members of society – to assist the commission in its work.”

Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Jacob Zuma, is serving a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court after he refused to return to the commission because he felt Zondo was biased. 

On Wednesday Ramaphosa was accompanied by an ANC delegation led by the Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte together with National Executive Committee members Jeff Radebe and Pule Mabe.

The first part of the president’s appearance focused on completing his unfinished evidence related to the ANC, specifically cadre deployment.

Ramaphosa first appeared before the commission in April.

This time around the president is giving evidence related to his role as deputy president and president of South Africa.

Newly appointed minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, and Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola accompanied Ramaphosa.