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    State Capture: Ramaphosa acknowlegdes Thuli Madonsela’s contribution

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the State Capture Commission for its years of work and also acknowledged former public protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela for her contribution in exposing the level of corruption during the so-called ‘state capture era.’

    Ramaphosa received the fifth and final instalment of the commission’s report from Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday, 22 June 2022.

    Addressing the media, Ramaphosa said state capture was an assault on South Africa’s democracy and  violated the rights of every man, woman and child.

    “Through the various reports released by the Commission, we have come to understand what happened, who was involved, and what effect state capture has had on our state, our economy and our society. Close on six years have passed since former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela released her ‘State of Capture’ report. The State of Capture report presented evidence of the abuse of power and of how public institutions were repurposed to enable corrupt activities to take place,” Ramaphosa said.

    STATE CAPTURE REPORT MORE THAN A RECORD OF CORRUPTION – RAMAPHOSA

    It was Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State of Capture’ report as Public Protector which revealed the extent of corruption under former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure, but also recommended the establishment of the commission in the first place, which President Cyril Ramaphosa also took note of.

    “Recognising that this evidence required far more extensive investigation, Adv Madonsela included among the remedial action in her report that a judicial commission of inquiry be established to investigate state capture. The formal handover today of this final report represents the fulfilment of the remedial action set out in the State of Capture report”

    President Cyril Ramaphosa

    Ramaphosa added that the State Capture report is far more than  a record of widespread corruption, fraud and abuse, but also an instrument through which the country can work to ensure that such events are never allowed to happen again.

    “As a nation, we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Chairperson of the Commission, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, for the monumental task that he and the evidence leaders, the investigators, the lawyers and the researchers have all undertaken over these past four years in the service of their country,” he added.

    Ramaphosa has also thanked  the commission’s staff, including its secretary Prof Itumeleng Mosala and the witnesses who took the stand to give evidence.

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