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Commissions of inquiry offer the ANC a shot at 'redemption': Ramaphosa

02 February 2019 - 09:33 By qaanitah hunter
President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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The litany of commissions of inquiry currently taking place should be seen as a “moment of redemption” for the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday night.

He told guests at the ANC Northern Cape fundraising gala dinner in Kimberley that those involved in malfeasance and corruption “must be man and women enough to stand and be accountable”.

Ramaphosa said these commissions should force people who have done wrong to be accountable to the nation.

“Let us not be too scared. Let us not be too alarmed, as all these things yield information ... It's necessary that we go through this,” Ramaphosa added.

Over the last two weeks, South Africans have witnessed damning revelations that emerged at three separate inquiries headed by the judiciary.

The most prominent is the commission of inquiry investigating state capture, headed by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. Here, the commission has heard shocking revelations of how some politicians and government officials were bribed for contracts by Bosasa.

At the same time, an inquiry headed by retired judge Yvonne Mokgoro is looking into two senior prosecutors, Nomgocbo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi’s fitness to hold office.

Elsewhere, an inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Cooperation is taking place, headed by former president of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Lex Mpati.

Ramaphosa said these commissions would yield moments of redemption.

“These processes are taking us through a catharsis,” he said, adding that it was necessary for South Africans to go through it.

The president further noted that the country was going through dramatic changes but reassured that this was part of the renewal of the ANC.