Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that the ANC allowed state capture to take place. He made the comments on Monday in Lynnwood, Pretoria.
The president added that the various commission of inquiry investigating state corruption would bring the extent of the crime to light.
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"Before the state was captured, the ANC was captured," Ramaphosa said.
He admitted that corrupt figures had targeted state institutions and eroded their independence. He went on to say that high-ranking ANC figures were then deployed in order to enable corruption, eNCA has reported.
His remarks were consistent with the extensive allegations facing many ANC officials, including members of its top leadership like Gwede Mantashe and Ace Magashule. Several influential party figures have since been implicated in corruption by the Zondo Commission, as well.
However, Ramaphosa also said that the ANC was admitting to its mistakes and attempting to renew itself. This is a message he has reiterated several times while on the campaign trail.
He said that it was necessary for the truth about state capture to emerge, even though this would necessarily harm the ANC and its support, according to News24.
Ramaphosa also pledged to take action against those responsible for state capture, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"Those who were responsible for anything that has gone wrong must be accountable," he said.
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