- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says that the work of his Inquiry won't be completed without President Ramaphosa's testimony
- Zondo says that Ramaphosa has personally agreed to testify at the commission
- The ANC is also expected to answer to allegations levied against the ruling party
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond says that he told President Cyril Ramaphosa that the work of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture won't be able to conclude without his input.
Zondo says that the nation's leader has agreed to testify at the Inquiry, personally confirming that he would present himself to the Commission.
Zondo revealed that he had asked to President nearly two years ago for Ramaphosa in his personal capacity and as the head of the ANC to testify, saying that 'they've been around when a lot of these things happened'.
While it seems as if President Ramaphosa is eager to see the work of the Inquiry concluded, his predecessor Jacob Zuma is not nearly as cooperative.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had indirectly committed the former president during a recent ANC National Executive Committee meeting:
“We confirm the willingness of our members to cooperate with the commission and to refrain from any unnecessary attacks on the Deputy Chief Justice and the work that he has been asked to do by the South African nation."
But this was not to be, with Zuma's legal aid Eric Mabuza saying that he wouldn't participate in the Inquiry's ConCourt effort to try and force his client's appearance.
The Inquiry is seeking the apex court's assistance with an order to ensure that Zuma must answer to claims which 'concern his alleged failure as president and head of the national executive'.
However, this application will go unopposed after Mabuza confirmed that Zuma wouldn't be participating in the proceedings.
The Inquiry is hopeful that it will be able to compel Zuma's appearance early in 2021 with this attempt.
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