Ramaphosa requests change of date for testimony before government corruption panel

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 15; 2018: President of South Africa Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is talking to media at the end of an EU - South-Africa Summit meeting on climate change, migration to trade and security, in the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on November 15, 2018. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has requested for a change of date his testimony before the country’s state capture inquiry.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked to delay his testimony by one week. Justice Raymond Zondo says this is due to existing commitments.

His first appearance will now be on 28 and 29 April. He will testify in his capacity as ANC president first.

Ramaphosa will then appear on 13 and 14 May as the president of the country

On March 24, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the commission’s chairperson said Ramaphosa will give evidence as both as head of state and president of the African National Congress (ANC)

“President Ramaphosa will testify representing the ANC, but I have indicated that from the Commission side the president will have to testify as president of the country and former deputy president of the country. But it’s up to the ANC to provide its witnesses but I understand that he will lead that delegation as well in his capacity as president of the ruling party, ” said Zondo.

Civil rights group AfriForum filed a formal application to the Commission requesting to subpoena the president to appear before Justice Raymond Zondo.

AfriForum says President Ramaphosa was the chairperson of the ANC’s Cadre Deployment Committee from 2013 to 2016 and claims that several individuals who are accused of corruption and State Capture were appointed to key positions on the ground of their loyalty to the ANC.

(With input from eNCA)

 

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