The African National Congress has come out in support of its comrades, saying they will stand by those implicated in the Zondo commission. The party maintains that it will await the findings of the inquiry before taking action.
The ANC held a media briefing on Tuesday at their headquarters to address the concerns surrounding officials implicated in state capture by the Zondo commission.
Zizi Kodwa, acting national spokesperson, pointed out that those implicated still had the right to give their version of events:
“We are avoiding doing a running commentary on every witness that appears. In many instances, you can find one testimony contradicts another. The ANC can’t, on the basis of one testimony, rush to make a judgment.”
The spokesman expressed his support for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo for his comments aimed at media who leaked documents from the inquiry and published them over the weekend.
Ace Magashule, ANC secretary general, maintained that the party will wait for the outcome of the inquiry before taking any action.
Magashule had explained that the NEC Lekgotla, held recently, had affirmed the commitment the party had made in the 2019 manifesto to investigate corruption and its impact:
"We have learned hard lessons about vigilance needed to stop lawlessness, greed and selfishness taking root.The commission, by virtue of its mandate, will deal with difficult matters, but this is inevitable if we want to unearth the truth,”
This follows a Sunday Times report revealing that Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be implicated in Angelo Agrizzi's testimony.
The Environmental Affairs Minister has since condemned the commission for not following procedure by notifying her in advance about the allegations against her.
However, the inquiry did confirm last week that the usual procedure of notifying those implicated at the commission would not be the case with Agrizzi, due to concerns for his safety.
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