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South Africa: Zondo report shows Ramaphosa didn’t do enough to stop the rot

By Carien du Plessis

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Posted on June 24, 2022 15:33

South Africa graft inquiry hand over final investigation report
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa rspeaks before receiving the final investigation report from Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at the government’s Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, June 22, 2022. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Findings contained in the final report of South Africa’s inquiry into the large-scale corruption under former president Jacob Zuma’s watch asserts that President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was Zuma’s deputy at the time, didn’t do enough to stop the rot. It also implicates the entire governing ANC in state capture.

In the report, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo – who chaired the inquiry – says Ramaphosa claimed in his testimony before the commission in April and August last year that “he would have been dismissed [as Zuma’s deputy] if he had been more confrontational”, but “he did not give any evidence as to why he believed this was the case”.

Ramaphosa told the commission that the balance of forces within the governing ANC meant that resistance inside the party was better than resigning to try to oppose the corruption from a marginal position.

“The crux of President Ramaphosa’s ‘balance of forces’ explanation is that any other approach would not have been allowed by the ruling party, and he and others were unwilling to damage the ANC by publicly going against it,” Zondo says.

Although it’s not possible to prove anything to the contrary, Zondo asks whether “these processes [of state capture] could

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