The leader of the official opposition party has argued that there is enough evidence pointing to Ramaphosa’s office, while he was still Deputy President, that implicates him in state capture.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, has demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
This comes in the wake of Nhlanhla Nene’s untimely resignation from his position as Minister of Finance, as a result of his untruthfulness regarding meetings with the infamous Gupta family. Nene’s explosive testimony before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture last week effectively dropped the axe.
Mmusi Maimane says President Ramaphosa must lead by example
Now, Maimane has called for the president himself to appear before the commission and answer questions relating to his office’s involvement in state capture. The leader of the official opposition party has argued that there is enough evidence pointing to Ramaphosa’s office, while he was still Deputy President, that implicates him in state capture, saying:
“The DA is in possession of email communication which appears to suggest while Deputy President‚ Ramaphosa’s office assisted in the identity change of an individual with close ties to Gupta associate Ashu Chalwa. I will be submitting this to the President’s Office requesting a full explanation.
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South Africans deserve a President who is willing to lead and take bold action when it comes to corruption. Ramaphosa must therefore appear and account before the Zondo [state capture] Commission.”
According to the official statement issued by the DA, which has since been reported on by Sowetan Live, Maimane insisted that Ramaphosa is unable to plead ignorance due to his close proximity to former president Jacob Zuma during the height of the state capture saga involving the Gupta family.
The questions which Ramaphosa must answer
Maimane added that it was irresponsible to assume that, as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), Ramaphosa was unable to detect dubious dealings within government.
In the statement, Maimane went on to list a number of questions which should be levelled at the president if, or when, he is brought before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture:
* At what stage he became aware of the capture of the ANC and the national government and its entities.
* What steps he took subsequent to becoming aware of such.
* As Chairperson of the Inter-ministerial Committee on State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) while Deputy * President‚ what knowledge he had on the appointment of Gupta-friendly individuals to SOE boards.
* Why he personally appointed several individuals with ties to the Guptas to his first Cabinet on 26 February 2018.
* Whether he was aware of any “special work” being performed for the Guptas and their associates by his office while he was Deputy President.
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