Cyril will tes­tify at in­quiry if re­quested

The Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI siyabonga.mkhwanazi@inl.co.za

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has told Par­lia­ment he will ap­pear be­fore the Zondo Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into state cap­ture if asked to do so by the com­mis­sion.

Ramaphosa told the Na­tional Coun­cil of Provinces yes­ter­day that he had no prob­lem with ap­pear­ing be­fore the com­mis­sion. The DA has been push­ing for him to give ev­i­dence.

The party said he was deputy to former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma when the al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture oc­curred.

DA MP Cath­lene Labuschagne asked Ramaphosa if he would not hes­i­tate to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the in­quiry in light of his former role in gov­ern­ment.

“The is­sue of state cap­ture is a mat­ter that has af­fected all of us in the coun­try. What is re­vealed in the Zondo Com­mis­sion is com­ing as a shock and sur­prise,” said Ramaphosa. “As far as I am con­cerned, if the Zondo com­mis­sion asks me to ap­pear be­fore it, I have no dif­fi­culty. It is im­por­tant for the people of South Africa to get to know what has hap­pened in the state. As you cite the ANC part of it, it was the ANC that asked for the com­mis­sion.

“When the Zondo Com­mis­sion seeks our par­tic­i­pa­tion, we will go there.” How­ever, it is un­clear when the com­mis­sion will re­sume as it was post­poned yes­ter­day un­til fur­ther no­tice.

The com­mis­sion was meant to sit to­day to hear ev­i­dence from former Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Bar­bara Ho­gan. The com­mis­sion’s spokesman Mbuyiselo Stemela said he would is­sue a state­ment to­day re­gard­ing the pro­gramme mov­ing for­ward.

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