- Former President, Thabo Mbeki, says what many witnesses have told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture shows that the African continent has serious leadership challenges
- Mbeki was delivering his annual lecture at the University of South Africa in Pretoria when he touched on the matter
- President Cyril Ramaphosa conceded that the governing party was slow in its response to the allegations of state capture
Former President, Thabo Mbeki, has come forward to highlight that the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is a reflection of the poor leadership in South Africa.
Mbeki was giving his annual speech at the University of South Africa in Pretoria when he touched on the topic of leadership. Paying tribute to former UNISA Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya, Mbeki made the point of the need for strong leadership with integrity and high ethical morals in SA.
“In the context of the proceedings of the Zondo Commission on State Capture, in this particular challenge about leadership, much of the inability of the continent to maximise its huge potential can be ascribed to a death in the right caliber of leadership on our continent; honourable men and women of vision and integrity who’s committed to their people and their countries.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the people of SA, on Thursday 29 April 2021, that the African National Congress (ANC) is looking into the alarming allegations made at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
One point Ramaposa did apologise for was the time it took for the ANC to look into the ongoing with the Guptas. Ramaposa stood by his party though and denied that this was due to deliberate resistance.
Briefly News previously reported that 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 but urging whoever had any evidence to rather go to the police or Public Protector.
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