PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa will today, April 28 make his first appearance before the State Capture Inquiry, where he will testify in his capacity as ANC president.
Ramaphosa will testify for two consecutive days, April 28 and 29.
He will then appear before the panel on 13 and 14 May as the president of the country.
On March 24, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the commission’s chairperson said 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, ” said Zondo.
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.
DA Leader Steenhuisen is also expected to attend Ramaphosa’s Zondo Commission testimony.
The party announced on Tuesday that Steenhuisen MP, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, Solly Msimanga MPL, DA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Frederik Nel MPL, and DA Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration, Leon Schreiber MP, will be attending the morning sitting of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to watch the first testimony of Ramaphosa.
“John Steenhuisen will be available outside the Commission both before the sitting, and during the lunch break for interviews on the party’s expectations from the testimony, commission proceedings, and the DA’s alternative to cadre deployment in the public service,” the party said in a statement.
Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota and the party’s members said they will picket against corruption outside the Zondo Commission offices when Ramaphosa appears before the government corruption panel on Wednesday.
(With input from eNCA)