Ramaphosa confident SA won’t see state capture again

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the Zondo Inquiry represented a watershed moment and that he was confident that the South Africa would not see state capture again because lessons had been learnt.

Ramaphosa was asked to account for the role he played during the era of state capture as the country’s deputy president and was also asked about his actions. He spent two days testifying before the state capture commission of inquiry.

He was deputy president to then-President Jacob Zuma during the height of the erosion of state institutions which enabled grand scale corruption. The president appeared in his capacity as head of state having previously testified as the current African National Congress (ANC) president.

However, he struggled to explain his way through remnants of state capture still under his watch.

These included former intelligence minister David Mahlobo, who is part of Ramaphosa’s executive, and Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser, who’s been implicated in corruption from his time at State Security.

Mr Chairperson, I am waiting for the commission’s report before I make my final judgement,” said Ramaphosa.

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