By Emmanuel Nduka
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the first instalment of a long awaited report on corruption in the country.
The report which was presented on Tuesday, is the result of a three-year work looking into the extent of corruption during former President’s Jacob Zuma tenure which spanned through 2009 to 2018.
Ramaphosa described the report which deals with corruption and mismanagement at the heart of South African Airways, as a defining moment.
“This is what I would call a defining moment in our country’s effort to definitely end the era of state capture, and to restore the integrity and credibility and the capability of our institutions, but more importantly, our government.
“We are going to go through the report and, as you correctly say, whatever agencies and we’ve got so many agencies in our country who may have a sense that there are certain things that they have either been looking at, investigating over a period, and the report either confirms or consolidates their thinking, they should go ahead and act as they are motivated. But as for us in government, as I said, we will not really be commenting on the report until we have applied our mind on the report and we have looked at it,” he said.
The full report covers three main areas, including state contracts and sponsorships and corruption at the heart of the tax revenue service.
Ramaphosa said he would only comment once the full report is presented.