- President Cyril Ramaphosa will be appearing before the Zondo Commission in late April
- The South African Government shared the news through its social media channel on Wednesday, 24 March
- South Africans have had differing responses to the news, with some worried and others interested in what is to come
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has revealed the dates when President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear before the State Capture Commission. Zondo stated that Ramaphosa would have to appear over four days in April.
The dates set for Ramaphosa's cross-examination are 22, 23, 28 and 29 April. In the first two days, Ramaphosa will be testifying on behalf of the African National Congress; on the second two days he will be testifying as President of the country.
The news broke on the morning of Wednesday, 24 March and South Africans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the matter.
The SA government's official Twitter handle shared the news:
Read some of the responses below:
"Circus, this commission."
"I don't like this."
"We will encourage the President not to fear evil forces when he testifies before the commission, he must admit whatever comes his way at all times and deny what is wrong against him at all times, then the spirit of God will be with him and South Africa will be greatly blessed."
"To go to the #StateCaptureInquiry or not to go. Who do @MYANC members support on this constitutional matter, #Zuma or #Ramaphosa?"
@MfundiMkhulisi tweeted in response:
"In his own words."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Advocate Dali Mpofu had a sour end to the Minister's cross-examination at the Commission. The session was chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Advocate Dali Mpofu represented former SARS' Commissioner Tom Moyane.
The session concluded on a heated note as Mpofu was heard yelling "Shut up" at Michelle le Roux, who represented Gordhan. Gordhan had answered a question about allegations of racism earlier and Le Roux brought it up again.
Zondo stated that he did not need to hear Gordhan's explanation once more but the minister asked if he could comment on the matter. Mpofu objected and Le Roux began to explain why she wanted Gordhan to respond again. This caused frustration on Mpofu's side.
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