Kimberley – South Africans should not fear the revelations currently emerging in various commissions of inquiry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.
“The truth that is coming out will set us free and will make us stronger, but we must make sure the wrong things being talked about in the commissions must never, ever, ever, ever happen again in South Africa,” Ramaphosa told thousand of African National Congress supporters at the launch of the party's Northern Cape 2019 elections manifesto at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley.
“We never want to go back to the things that are being revealed in the commissions. We want to make sure it never happens again,” he said.
South Africans have, since January, been astonished by revelations made at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture, where testimony has been presented of wide-scale looting of state funds - possibly running to billions of rand - and measures to hide the crimes.
Two other commissions are running parallel to the state capture inquiry and have thus far revealed equally disturbing patterns of cronyism, fraud, corruption, and political manipulation.