Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated he alone does not have the power to implement a judicial commission of inquiry into State Capture allegations.
This, following Constitutional Court applications by Afriforum, the Quaker Peace Centre and the FW de Klerk Foundation requesting that Ramaphosa be compelled to set up an inquiry as per his constitutionally sanctioned abilities.
The applicants claim that section 90(1) of the constitution confers these powers onto the Deputy President in the event that the President is unable to fulfil his duties.
Ramaphosa has been a fervent detractor of his own party’s involvement in State Capture allegations, recently going as far as to say that all those involved – party leader’s or members – will be punished accordingly without fail.
The Deputy President has also said that such a commission would be only beneficial for a struggling ANC. Yet, he emphasised he will only support this process and not start it.
Critics have laid into Ramaphosa for his stance saying that it deviates completely from what he has been preaching so far.
The office of the president has yet to comment on the matter.