South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to appear on Wednesday before the country’s long-running corruption inquiry and is expected to testify in the corruption trial of his former counterpart Jacob Zuma in the ongoing case against state capture.
The corruption inquiry was set up to investigate allegations that his predecessor Zuma – during his term in office – allowed the wealthy Gupta family to plunder state resources and to influence policy and cabinet appointments. Both Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.
“On August 11 and 12, the president will first complete his evidence relating to the ANC in his capacity as the current president and former deputy president of the party, and thereafter give evidence and be questioned in his capacity as the current president and former deputy president of the country,” said commission secretary Prof Itumeleng Mosala.
Ramaphosa is expected to testify as the former Deputy President and also as the current leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
The corruption is estimated to have cost South Africa $81bn in public funds and lost opportunities.