The IFP’s National Executive Committee met on Monday, 8 October 2018 to discuss various issues, including recent political developments.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is the latest political party to call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to appear before the judicial commission of inquiry.
In its National Executive Committee (NEC) statement, the IFP has questioned the role Ramaphosa played as Deputy President while then-President Jacob Zuma allowed the Gupta family to loot from the state.
“Furthermore, whilst President Ramaphosa ascended to the high office of President on the promise of hope coming out of the so-called New Dawn this masked the fact that although President Ramaphosa may be getting the plaudits as a new broom, Mr Ramaphosa was the Deputy President under President Zuma when all these things were taking place, right under his nose. The question is what did he do then?”, said IFP National Spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
“It would be in the national interest if President Ramaphosa testified before the Commission as well”
The party said, in light of the revelations from the proceedings, it has become clearer that the culture of corruption runs deep and continues to cripple the country at an alarming rate.
The IFP also took aim at the jobs summit, labelling it as “toothless”, and a mere public relations stunt “to flex his inability to stimulate growth and to lure international investment…”
Hlengwa added that: “The entire summit had been overshadowed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s testimony in the State Capture Inquiry and his visits with the Guptas”
Nene has reportedly written to Ramaphosa asking him to relieve him of his duties, following the backlash from the testimony.