Johannesburg- President Cyril Ramaphosa praised the media for exposing state capture, saying the thousands of leaked emails from within the Gupta empire made him realise “we were dealing with a much bigger problem than we ever imagined”.
#GuptaLeaks leaked around 200 000 and 300 000 emails to the media a year ago that set in motion a series of exposés within government.
Ramaphosa responding to questions from editors at the Tuynhuys, Cape Town with South Africa National Editor’s Forum during a question-and-answer session Ramaphosa “applauded” the media for “prising wide open” the extent of state capture.
When asked what he had done as deputy president to stop state capture, Ramaphosa responded, “Before that (the leaked emails) it looked like isolated incidents… at Eskom and elsewhere, but when the Gupta emails came out, it was clear that the wheels were coming off completely.”
Ramaphosa conceded he could have done more in his previous position as deputy president, “but we are where we are now. Let’s look forward.”
Ramaphosa added it was now up to the law enforcement agencies to bring those involved in corrupt activities to book.
The president encouraged the media to keep on their investigative journalism and exposing corruption, also such activities in the private sector.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa during his engagement with the leadership of the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) at Tuynhuys, Cape Town pic.twitter.com/bNwJkd136Q
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