LIVE BLOG: I can't wait to hand over inquiry report - Zondo tells Ramaphosa
As the State Capture Inquiry wraps up it's three-year-long work, SA President Cyril Ramaphosa returns one last time to answer questions in his capacity as state president.
Zondo now questions Ramaphosa on the deployment committee recommending judges for judiciary posts. He says this is a bit concerning. He says factionalism shouldn't get into the judiciary. He asks if the ANC has taken a position that even those who want to be judges must be recommended by the committee.
Asked why he brought the SSA under the presidency, Ramaphosa says it is an asset of our nation, it is important that it is seen as such and there should be confident in it. He says in the past, it served certain factions in the ANC and had a lot of controversy. He says he deemed it proper to realign it.
Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa maintained that he had limited knowledge of the full extent of state capture, saying that it was nicely hidden.
Speaking to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of day one at the commission of inquiry, Ramaphosa said that in hindsight, it was the right decision to continue serving under former President Jacob Zuma.
When asked if he knew the Guptas, Ramaphosa says he did meet them for the first time soon after the 53rd ANC conference at a breakfast they attended. He met them again at Luthuli House where they chated. He says they spoke about the controversial Waterkloof landing and the "difficulty" they had placed Zuma and the government in by doing so. He says he met them again at another breakfast where he was asked by a journalist about Zuma's friendship with the Guptas.
He outlines when he became aware of the nature of state capture. He says few people have had line of sight of everything that happens in the state.
"Many of the incidents of state capture became known to me through the work of journalists, civil society organisations and institutions such as the public protector's office."
Ramaphosa says the hard definition of the committee's work is what has prevailed most of the time. He says it may appear that the approach is instruct and command, even if that were so, in the end there is some safety net. Even the ANC concedes this in its conference resolutions. The legally mandated process must be followed.
Pretorius says that there are no minutes for deployment meeting minutes from 2012 - 2017. He asks Ramaphosa if he is aware of why there aren't any.
Ramaphosa says when he was chair of the committee, he does not recall ever going through the minutes of the meeting as they always focused on the issues at hand.
Pretorius says he hopes to conclude the evidence related to Ramaphosa's ANC Presidency within 1 hour. After that, Ramaphosa will make an opening statement related to his capacity as state president.
Advocate Seleka will question in relation to Eskom. Advocate Mybhurgh will question in relation to Transnet.
While he previously testified on the ANC’s deployment policy, the Bosasa donations and the governing party’s relationship with corrupt members, he now has the task of explaining his own role in government at the time.
Many have wondered whether Ramaphosa did push back or looked the other way during the widespread plundering of the country’s resources.
RECAP: President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he appeared before the state capture commission because he wanted to assist the commission.
“I appear before the commission not to make excuses, the ANC has agreed to not only support the commission but to assist the commission where possible,” he said in his opening statement.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to return to the state capture commission this week to give evidence and answer questions.
The commission on Monday said the president would first complete his evidence relating to the ANC in his capacity as the current president and former deputy president of the party.
Ramaphosa appeared before the commission in April this year.