- Raymond Zondo recently said that the State Capture Inquiry needs President Cyril Ramaphosa's testimony in order to wrap up
- Some citizens have welcomed the news that Ramaphosa has agreed to appear before the Deputy Chief Justice
- However, others weren't convinced that Ramaphosa would actually say anything of value
South Africans have had mixed reactions to the news that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be appearing before the State Capture Inquiry.
At least three witnesses have implicated Ramaphosa at the Inquiry, including former Eskom exec Matshela Koko.
Zondo has assured the nation that, even if the Gupta family themselves opt-out of giving evidence, the integrity of the Inquiry won't be compromised.
Many feel that the President's appearance is critical due to his presence alongside former president Jacob Zuma as his deputy.
However, giving the previous testimonies of other politicians who had opted to provide little insight, many are sceptical that Ramaphosa will say anything substantial.
Zondo himself has highlighted Ramaphosa's evidence as critical, explaining that he had formed part of the executive during a large portion of time that is relevant to the Inquiry's work.
Take a look at just a few reactions to the news below:
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo announced that Ramaphosa had agreed to the Deputy Cheif Justice's request to appear before the Inquiry.
Zondo had revealed that Ramaphosa had indicated he would cooperate a few years ago already:
“I asked him [Ramaphosa] already in 2018. I had a meeting with him and I said that the work of the commission would not be complete without him or the government or the executive coming to the commission to give evidence."
Zondo 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 the 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'.
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