President Cyril Ramaphosa says he will step down should he be charged with corruption.
He was responding to accusations by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe who told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that Ramaphosa was heavily involved in the irregular awarding of contracts at Eskom during his time as deputy president.
“If I’m charged with corruption, my own orientation is that, yes, [I will],” Ramaphosa said in an interview with News24 on Friday afternoon.
Molefe said Ramaphosa had a conflict of interest when, in his role as deputy president, was appointed chairperson of Eskom’s so-called ‘war room’ whilst a shareholder at Glencore, an Eskom contractor.
Ramaphosa, in an interview with Power FM, denied that there was a conflict of interest, saying he had relinquished all his business positions at the time.
The president added that he would clarify this when he testifies at the state capture inquiry.
Ramaphosa also described Molefe’s version of events as being “far from the truth.”
“I think there is a level of untruth in saying I got shares because I wanted to advance the interests of Glencore, It’s far from the truth – people will say things to tarnish either people.”
A netizen took to Twitter to solve the Brian and Cyril showdown with a tongue-in-cheek maths equation.
“I hear Cyril Ramaphosa and Brian Molefe stories.. Maths made it simple:
If x = y and y = z therefore x = z (Use Formula ANC = Corruption)
Solution : If Brian = ANC and Cyril = ANC therefore Brian = Cyril and both are = ANC Deduce from above statement.”
Molefe is one of the executives named in a R3.8 billion lawsuit by Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) filed final year.
Ramaphosa also faces questions by the ANC’s Integrity Committee over fundraising for his campaign to be elected party president in 2017.
The ANC president has been emphatic on the party’s position that those members facing serious criminal charges, like corruption, should step down from their positions until matters are resolved.
The Integrity Committee has also ordered corruption-accused ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to step down amid a litany of criminal charges related to an asbestos eradication tender in the Free State while he was premier.
Magashule has stubbornly refused to do so, insisting that he’s innocent.