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State Capture Inquiry: SA weighs in on Ramaphosa’s first day

28 April 2021 - 15:27

President Cyril Ramaphosa was grilled about cadre deployment on his first State Capture Inquiry outing. Was this a lenient approach from the commission?

Written by Andile Sicetsha

President Cyril Ramaphosa captured the nation’s attention when he appeared as this week’s latest witness at the State Capture Inquiry.

President Ramaphosa addresses cadre deployment

As calm as ever, the president opened proceedings with a statement where he, in no uncertain terms, condemned corruption and went as far as challenging South Africans to vote ‘state capture’ cronies out of government.

“The position of the ANC on leaders and members who have been complicit in acts of corruption is clear. Their ctions are a direct violation, not only of the laws of the Republic, but also of the ANC Constitution, its values and principles, and the resolutions and decisions of the ANC’s constitutional structures,” he said.

Much of the grilling he faced was in his capacity as leader of the ruling party and for the most part, evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius kept the questions around cadre deployment.

Ramaphosa made various attempts to skirt accusations that his government has used this nepotist policy to uproot party members and friends. He conceded to its existence, vindicating the Democratic Alliance who, for the longest time, have picketed against the controversial policy.

The president noted that a process is underway to restructure the influence of the ANC’s deployment committee in the recruitment of top-level public servants. A glimpse of this progressive change, he said, can be found in the professionalism in public service policy framework.

SA weighs in on the president’s first day in the hot seat

Much of the president’s first day had nothing to do with more interesting topics directly related to state capture; like the accusations levelled against him by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

Neither was Ramaphosa probed on his involvement as a top-level ANC member during the period of state capture. This left a bitter taste in those who expected a stern approach from the commission.

While the president was busy giving testimony, South Africans were reacting to the drama-less testimony. Here’s what SA thought of Ramaphosa’s first day at the commission: