Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Night Supervisor
2 minute read
28 Apr 2021
11:49 am

Steenhuisen calls on Ramaphosa to ‘distance’ himself from ANC ‘lies’

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

DA leader says this is not the time for the president to focus on the unity of the ruling party.

ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa appears at the Zondo commission in Braamfontein on 28 April 2021. Picture Neil McCartney

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.