President Ramaphosa Receives Zondo Commission Report on Alleged Corruption

President Ramaphosa Receives Zondo Commission Report on Alleged Corruption (News Central TV)

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa received the first part from the commission chair, Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, in a handover ceremony on Tuesday at his Union Buildings office.
The President said the document would be available to the public later in the evening. 

Zondo said the first report incorporated three volumes on state capture, with the first centred on national carrier South African Airways and its subsidiaries including SAA Technical and SAA Express. 

President Ramaphosa Receives Zondo Commission Report on Alleged Corruption (News Central TV)
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo submits Commission Report

The second volume deals with the Gupta-owned The New Age media entity, which enjoyed government business in the form of advertisements and often hosted business breakfasts with different government departments under former president Jacob Zuma’s administration. Zondo said the last volume would focus on the South African Revenue Service as well as public procurement. 

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The judicial panel examined allegations of high-level corruption during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure.

The panel has been investigating allegations of “state capture”, corruption and fraud in the public domain during Zuma’s tenure in power between 2009 and 2018.

The concluding parts of the report are expected to be handed over to Ramaphosa before the end of February.

The group Democracy in Action has filed a case at the high court in Johannesburg against the submission of the report to Ramaphosa, arguing he “is conflicted” and had been implicated in corruption.

Ramaphosa has previously said he “resisted” corruption whilst he served as Zuma’s deputy..

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Zuma is accused, among other things, of allowing an Indian business family with close links to him to siphon state resources.

The former president and the family deny any wrongdoing.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in June after he failed to attend the enquiry, arguing that the chair of the panel was biased.

Zuma resigned in 2018, a year before his second term in office was due to end.

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