South African president to appear before Zondo Commission in April

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JOHANNESBURG, March 24 (Xinhua) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa would appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (Zondo Commission) in April, announced the commission Wednesday.

The chair of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, said Ramaphosa would appear before the inquiry wearing his current African National Congress (ANC) cap and in his capacity as the current head of state and former deputy president during the Jacob Zuma years.

Zondo said Ramaphosa had indicated that he would be available when asked to come.

“He indicated that he would be ready to come and testify once I had determined the dates,” Zondo added.

The commission is probing allegations of looting and corruption which resulted in billions being stolen during Jacob Zuma’s tenure as president. A number of senior officials including Zuma, his former cabinet members and CEO’s of state-owned entities have been implicated.

Meanwhile, the commission was taking legal actions against Zuma after he refused to appear before the commission and respond to allegations made against him by more than 34 witnesses.

The case regarding this would be heard Thursday this week. Enditem

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