Cyril Ramaphosa is not Jacob Zuma, and Jacob Zuma is not Cyril Ramaphosa. The vast differences in their approach to the State Capture Inquiry prove just how ‘opposite’ these two ANC leaders really are. Indeed, the current president has just done something that Msholozi has refused to do – he has admitted that the ruling party was ‘in the wrong’.
The frank admission is nothing particularly new to us as citizens, but it still marks a tonal shift between former heads of state. Ramaphosa has shown a degree of contriteness – which is arguably the bare minimum one would expect from the leader of a party that has been undeniably plagued by corruption.
While delivering his open statement, President Ramaphosa declared that the ANC ‘did not do enough’ to prevent state capture from happening. He lamented that one of the biggest corruption scandals in living memory ‘happened on the party’s watch’, but he even went one step further.
Cyril made it clear that the ANC ‘had fallen short’ in the eyes of voters, admitting to a series of mistakes that came to define the state capture era. The 68-year-old is now responding to questions in regards to the deployment committees – which helped facilitate cronyism and cadre deployment – as DCJ Zondo kicks off an official line of questioning.
“State capture took place under our watch. The vast majority of ANC leaders, cadres, and members are vehemently opposed to corruption in all its manifestations. But we acknowledge that the organisation could, and should, have done more to prevent the abuse of power and the misappropriation of resources that defined the era of state capture.”
“Particularly during the period under review by this Commission, the ANC does admit that it made mistakes as it sought to execute the mandate it was given by the voters. It had shortcomings in living up to the expectations of the people of South Africa in relation to enforcing accountability – and engendering a culture of effective consequence management.”