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Mpofu criticises Zondo Commission for not questioning Ramaphosa on open letter

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Advocate Dali Mpofu has suggested that Ramaphosa’s appearance in front of the Zondo Commission was a waste of time, considering that he was not questioned on the content of his open letter.

Member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Advocate Dail Mpofu took to Twitter on Monday, 3 May 2021, to suggest that the State Capture Commission’s questioning of President Cyril Ramaphosa was fruitless. Mpofu made the suggestion by highlighting how the commission failed to address the alleged open letter written by Ramaphosa to the African National Congress (ANC), in which he touched on corruption in August 2020.

The open letter was written during Ramaphosa’s tenure as president of the country and the ruling party, therefore, questioning on it would have been relevant. Making a particular reference to when Ramaphosa suggested that the ANC stands as the most implicated in corruption, Mpofu sought clarity on what he meant by that particular statement.

According to reports, Ramaphosa wrote, “Today, the ANC and its leaders stand accused of corruption. The ANC may not stand alone in the dock, but it does stand as Accused [Number One]. This is the stark reality that we must now confront. At its last meeting, at the beginning of this month, the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) recognised the justifiable public outrage cause by recent reports of corruption. It said these developments ‘cause us collectively to dip our heads in shame and to humble ourselves before the people.’ The NEC recognised that it had a clear mandate from the [fifty-fourth] National Conference to deal decisively with corruption and to restore the integrity and values of the ANC. It said this is a responsibility it cannot defer, outsource or avoid.”

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