President Cyril Ramaphosa did not want to risk being fired from his post if he spoke out against the state capture during his time as deputy president under the tenure of former president Jacob Zuma.
The final installment of the state capture report revealed that president Ramaphosa felt morally opposed to saying ‘yes’ or keeping silent.
The president explained that instead of blowing the whistle, he chose to ‘remain and resist’ because he believed that it would the only way he could contribute to ending State Capture and corruption in government.
Now, political analyst Angelo Fick has criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa’s silence and claims of ignorance about corruption within the ANC and government, noting that it had a direct impact of people’s quality of life.
Ramaphosa was deputy president of the country and head of the ANC’s deployment committee at the time when much of the State Capture had occurred.
Fick notes that the president’s testimony at the commission had shown that he had chosen the ANC comes first, and the country comes second. He adds that the president’s failure to recognize and act when corruption had eaten away at government is an indictment on his integrity.