Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says according to his understanding of the Constitution he is not permitted to exercise presidential powers.
This follows a ConstitutionalCourt bid launched by Afriforum, the Quaker Peace Centre and the FW de Klerk Foundation in an attempt to compel him to institute a commission of inquiry into state capture.
The organisations are arguing that Ramaphosa has constitutional powers conferred by section 90 (1) to establish the commission in the event that the president is otherwise unable to fulfil his duties.
Ramaphosa says he will oppose this application.
His spokesperson Tyrone Seale says, “The Deputy President is opposing an application in which Afriforum, Quaker Peace Centre and the FW de Klerk Foundation are asking the Constitutional Court to order the Deputy President to establish a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture.
“Based on his understanding, the Constitution does not permit the Deputy President to exercise presidential powers.”
Seale says, “[The] Deputy President has reiterated his widely stated support for the establishment, without delay, of a judicial inquiry into allegations of state capture.
“[He] opposes this application based on his understanding that the Constitution does not permit the deputy president from exercising presidential powers.”