DA Leader John Steenhuisen has called on the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to put questions forward to President Cyril Ramaphosa about his role in the cadre deployment committee as Vice President under Jacob Zuma, where he employed ANC cadres to various SOEs.
The Deputy President of the ANC is in charge of the ANC cadre deployment committee, an office that Ramaphosa served in under ousted President, Jacob Zuma, between 2013 and 2017. The DA, therefore have called for Ramaphosa’s potential compliance in State Capture to be put under the microscope.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa was for many years the chairperson of the ANC’s cadre deployment committee and had been responsible for a lot of the people that had gone on to serve on SA state-owned enterprises, and boards, the Hlaudi Motsoenengs, the Brian Molefes … all of them have gone through the deployment committee,” Steenhuisen said on Wednesday, according to Independent Online.
Steenhuisen went on to say that the ANC’s cadre deployment policy is unconstitutional and that all roads lead towards corruption for the ANC.
“The list of state capture scandals revealed by the Zondo commission extends far beyond the Guptas, but never beyond the ANC. The ANC is the common denominator in all state capture scandals because it is the ANC that captured the state, not the Guptas,” he said.
Previously, Ramaphosa defended the policy, but when contacted for response, ANC National spokesperson Pule Male and the ANC’s head of presidency Sibongile Besani were unavailable for comment, according to the Independent Online report.