Judiciary: President Cyril Ramaphosa at the state capture commission

The appearance of President Cyril Ramaphosa before the state capture commission on Wednesday has received positive responses from many South Africans, who have commended him for co-operating with the inquiry in its bid to establish the roots of corruption and state capture states a TimesLive report. In his opening statement, the President said the establishment of the commission was heavily contested in the ANC before the party decided to confront corruption in its ranks.

“These resolutions in more ways than one way signalled a clear determination by the ANC to acknowledge the organisation's failings, to make a clean break from corrupt practices and to initiate an ethical, political and organisational renewal of the ANC,” said the president.

The President told the commission that the party is making strides in rooting out wrongdoing among all its members. He cited the controversial step-aside rule which requires members facing formal charges of corruption to step aside within 30 days. The TimesLive report further states that the President is expected to give evidence regarding his role and that of the ANC in advancing state capture during the nine-year tenure of former president Jacob Zuma. He will return to the commission in May in his capacity as state president.

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