The leader of the country's anti-corruption agency Friday said that the current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, had "deliberately misled" Parliament about the nature of a $36,000 donation to his campaign in 2017 from a logistics company at the center of a major corruption scandal. "I by no way did anything else with them unlawfully", he said of the Gupta family.
"I, therefore, find that President Ramaphosa's conduct. although ostensibly in good faith, to be inconsistent with his office".
South Africa's watchdog has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of misleading parliament and potential money laundering over a campaign donation.
"To this end, no person regardless of the position they hold is above law", Ramaphosa said.
It's in light of this, she has referred evidence which revealed almost a billion rand being channelled through several accounts linked to Ramaphosa's campaign to the authorities for further investigation.
Zuma left office previous year under a cloud of suspicion about his conduct, and the commission, led by Judge Raymond Zondo, was established to explore allegations of corruption so pervasive that it has come to be known as state capture.
But presently after, the earn said Mr Zuma had agreed to produce written statements after which return to the inquiry at a later date. "Although President Ramaphosa may have been justified to correct the earlier statement on erroneous or incomplete information at his disposal, he indeed misled parliament". Although Ramaphosa is not an MP, the committee could look into former MPs also, she said in response to a question. She has denied that. After taking over when graft-tainted Zuma was ousted in 2018, Ramaphosa led the ANC to victory in May elections, staking his reputation on fighting corruption.
A political analyst and researcher at the University of the Western Cape, Ralph Mathekga, said Ramaphosa should be careful about how he handles the watchdog's report, saying it might hurt the president further if he loses at court.
From Zuma's first day at the corruption inquiry on Monday, his lawyers have tried to prevent him from facing rigorous questioning.
Zuma's legal counsel, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, told Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo that Zuma "will take no further part" at the inquiry.
State prosecutors are following the inquiry and could open cases if strong evidence of wrongdoing emerges. As much as one can discuss the political motivations behind the timing of the findings while Jacob Zuma is on the stand at the Zondo Commission, just from a cursory reading of her report, he's got questions to answer. He denied that he had done anything unlawful with his friends the Guptas, three Indian-born businessmen who won lucrative state contracts during Zuma's time in power, repeating: "I know nothing".