Ramaphosa will probably appear before the Zondo Commission into State Capture sometime next year to represent the ANC, says Mashatile.
The African National Congress (ANC) held an election campaign in Cape Town on Sunday, 7 April 2019. Speaking to media on the side lines of the campaign, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said that President Cyril Ramaphosa will probably take the stand at the Zondo Commission sometime next year, towards the end of the hearings.
“The ANC must go and account because its name has been mentioned, so we must either accept or deny it,” he said. “It will probably be led by the president himself to speak for the ANC because at the end of the day, the buck stops with our president.
“We have time. The commission is still busy. The ANC will probably come towards the end – maybe next year. We are not rushing there. Let people speak; we will come,” Mashatile said.
Speaking on the issue of the commission, Mashatile said that people may have forgotten that the commission was the product of a decision made by the ANC.
“It is we, in our conference, who said we want a state capture commission. Now many people think that the ANC is on trial. No. It is we who said we want this kind of process, so we can get to the truth,” he said.
The ruling party has faced a lot of public criticism, especially after the publicization of its parliamentary lists. Some ANC veterans said they would not be voting for the party if certain names of people accused of corruption and state capture were not removed from the list. Mashatile reiterated that the ANC integrity commission would go through the list to see if there were any individuals who needed to be questioned due to these allegations.
“The difficulty is that most of these things are allegations against people. The electoral law does not bar those people from participating because most of them have not been convicted of criminal acts.
“Whether it will call comrades, nobody knows. But remember that we also said the issue of the integrity commission is not just for elections, it is something that is ongoing,” he said.
Mashatile said that, although the ANC is a large organization, it was doing its best to renew and redeem itself.
“Allegations against our leaders are not going to stop. We have to continue to combat them. This week it is so and so, next week it will be somebody else.
“But we are doing our best. The most important thing is that the ANC has taken a position that we are not there to deny things. If there are allegations, they must be investigated and we look into issues,” said Mashatile.