As President Cyril Ramaphosa takes the hot seat at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture today, South Africans have questioned whether he will drop bombshells or deliver an address.
Ramaphosa will testify before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo as the president of the ANC.
The ANC is not corrupt in itself, said Ramaphosa in his opening remarks, and that an important aspect of the ANC’s approach to corruption is recognising the extent to which some leaders are complicit in corrupt actions.
But his remarks have already left South Africans questioning whether the president will spill the beans on ANC activities.
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ANC leaders have echoed each other’s sentiments on the importance of unity in its structures, but DA leader John Steenhuisen says this is not the time to focus on ANC unity.
Attending the proceedings, Steenhuisen said Ramaphosa “didn’t drop from Mars, he was there during the time he now terms as ‘the nine wasted years’. Today he must account for his role.”
“Today will expose that President Ramaphosa … was there during the Zuma years, he sat back and took no real action to protect SA from state capture.”
Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa must “social distance” himself from ANC “lies” and choose South Africa.
“Ramaphosa has for years shielded Zuma from accountability, voting against motions of no confidence in Parliament while presiding over the ANC’s cadre deployment committee responsible for hand picking cronies to serve in public office without merit.”
“President Cyril Ramaphosa” is dominating social media trends as South Africans voice their opinion of the his appearance so far.
One important trick to watch out for as president Ramaphosa continues with this testimony is the attempt to generate 'plausible deniability' for the ANC at an organisational level.
The ANC is NOT a victim of "covert" corruption. It is an ENABLER of OVERT corruption.
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) April 28, 2021
Today’s testimony is not about how much you like President Cyril Ramaphosa. It’s about holding the ANC accountable as an institution for decades of deceit and destructive corruption. And that accountability must be pursued unapologetically and aggressively. #StateCaptureInquiry
— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (@SizweMpofuWalsh) April 28, 2021
Who else here feels like President Cyril Ramaphosa is here to give more of a speech rather then testify before the commission? pic.twitter.com/iDG1AFnYYn
— Frank Lucas (@Dman_zn) April 28, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa is giving a lengthy monologue on the principles the ANC should have followed – but long ago abandoned in favour of pure greed & cadre deployment without merit. ????????
— Simon Grindrod (@SimonPGrindrod) April 28, 2021
— Nkosikho Holose (@NkosikhoHolose) April 28, 2021
It seems like President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to feed the nation with ANC ideals & dodge stating what he knows or did regarding #StateCapture .
It could be another boring week ahead.????????
— JB_Maverick (@JB49482674) April 28, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa: " …some ANC members who were involved in State Capture.."
Question: Is this commission set up to establish if there was indeed state capture or it was set up to establish the extent of state capture ?
— Mduh (@ThisIsMduh) April 28, 2021