JOHANNESBURG – South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has been scheduled to appear at that county’s judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture on 11 and 12 August.
Commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has announced that he will hear Ramaphosa’s testimony on his role as deputy president and president of the country.
Ramaphosa previously testified as deputy president and president of the governing African National Congress- ANC.
He and other top party officials were grilled on issues including cadre deployment the party’s deployment committee that have directly and indirectly influenced the hollowing out of government departments and state owned entities.
Ramaphosa conceded that the ANC and parliament had failed to act swiftly with allegations of state capture that were contained in the Gupta leaks and media reports.
“I do agree that Parliament has a role when it comes to allegations of this note; it is the governing party that should activate its role. And if it fails, then parliament should come in, but they would need more than allegations. Gupta leaks amounted to evidence that could be followed through,” Ramaphosa said in April.
The commission has heard that contracts valued at 57 billion rand were awarded irregularly to companies owned by or associated with the controversial Gupta family that in turn made at least 16billion rand in kickbacks.