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South Africa’s Ramaphosa to testify before government corruption panel

LONDON, (The Southern African Times) – South Africa’s Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before members in April.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the commission’s chairperson says Ramaphosa will give evidence as both as head of state and president of the African National Congress (ANC)

“President Ramaphosa will testify representing the ANC, but I have indicated that from the Commission side the president will have to testify as president of the country and former deputy president of the country. But it’s up to the ANC to provide its witnesses but I understand that he will lead that delegation as well in his capacity as president of the ruling party, ” says Zondo.

FILE PHOTO: South African Cyril Ramaphosa attends a past parliament session. VCG

SABC reports that on Monday, civil rights group AfriForum filed a formal application to the Commission requesting to subpoena the president to appear before Justice Raymond Zondo.

AfriForum says President Ramaphosa was the chairperson of the ANC’s Cadre Deployment Committee from 2013 to 2016 and claims that several individuals who are accused of corruption and State Capture were appointed to key positions on the ground of their loyalty to the ANC.

Legal experts say the request to cross-examine Ramaphosaat the State Capture Commission of Inquiry is permitted in terms of the law.

AfriForum further wants to question President Ramaphosa on individuals who had served in the government or in various state-owned entities like Brian Molefe, Dudu Myeni, Pravin Gordhan, Lucky Montana, Jeff Radebe, Thuli Madonsela, amongst others.

(With input from SABC)

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