Ramaphosa calls for speedy probe of state capture claims

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on law enforcement agencies to act with speed to investigate allegations of state capture.

FILE: ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg on 12 July 2017. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on law enforcement agencies to act with speed to investigate allegations of state capture.

Ramaphosa delivered the governing party’s message of support at the South African Communist Party (SACP)’s 14th National Congress in eastern Johannesburg on Wednesday.

He also lashed out at British PR firm Bell Pottinger accusing it of sowing divisions in the country.

Meanwhile, as the SACP ponders breaking away from the tripartite alliance, Ramaphosa has urged delegates not to take decisions out of anger.

“We must never take decisions out of anger.”

Although delegates at the congress welcomed much of Ramaphosa’s address, they mumbled a bit when he started urging them to reconsider their possible decision to leave the alliance and contest elections.

“As you look at this motion, I’d want you to pause before you sign on that resolution.”

He told delegates to ask themselves this question.

“Are we better as one strand or as two strands?”

The deputy president told the SACP that leaving the alliance would be a great mistake and a restless act.

WATCH: Cyril Ramaphosa addresses SACP Congress

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)