The Chairperson of the State Capture Commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa has changed some of the dates of his scheduled appearance.
DCJ Zondo said on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, that Ramaphosa sought the changes due to other commitments.
Ramaphosa was initially set to take the stand as president of the African National Congress (ANC) on the 28th and 29th of April. However, Zondo has said that Ramaphosa would instead appear on the 28 and 29 April. He would then appear in his capacity as head of state on the 13th and 14th of May.
“On the 28th and 29th of April, he was to appear in his capacity as president but that has changed. On those two days, he’ll appear as president of the ANC. As president of the country, he will now appear before the commission on the 13th and 14th of May,” Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa to testify at the State Capture Commission
The State Capture Commission announced back in March that Cyril Ramaphosa would take the stand.
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.