- Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that the ANC was slow in their response to the Gupta influence
- Ramaphosa was speaking on his second day at the Zondo Commission, where he is appearing in his capacity as president of the ruling party
- He went on to say that although their delay in probing the allegations was wrong, it was not deliberate
President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened up about what he believes was a slow response to the Gupta family's influence in the country.
Speaking at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Ramaphosa said that the emails exposing their influence, known as the Gupta Leaks, revealed a lot of evidence on the matter..
He said that the delayed reaction was not the best way to handle matters.
The president of the ruling party went on to say that he regretted the delay in investigating the matter and denied that it was due to resistance.
Ramaphosa was responding to questions on why the ANC chose to decline a proposal by the Democratic Alliance(DA) to probe the Gupta family. At the time, the ANC responded bu urging whoever had any evidence to rather go to the police or Public Protector.
Ramaphosa said that the Gupta Leaks prompted parliament to become more serious in their probe.
“Once these Gupta leak emails came out, it became clear to many of us that there needed to be a response of some sort."
Ramaphosa said that the ANC knew that it needed to get to the bottom of this on a number of other structures.
"This would have been in line with what Parliament needed to do at that time because a flood of evidence was now becoming evident and available."
Meanwhile Briefly News reported that African National Congress national chairperson Gwede Mantashe advised President Cyril Ramaphosa to set the truth free at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday, 28 April. The Mineral Resources and Energy Minister said he told the ruling party's president to speak the truth when he appears before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
In an exclusive interview with EWN, Mantashe emphasised that he asked Ramaphosa to be truthful when he testifies at the inquiry because "lies have short legs".
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