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Current News, Ramaphosa is Expected to Appear Before Zondo Commission by the End of March (Opinion)

Late in March President Ramaphosa will have to deal with the unpleasant results from the Constitutional Court hearing on the disrespect of Court case brought by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The hearing is on 25 March, if the highest court agrees with commission secretary Itumeleng Mosala's argument, then the police will have no choice but to jail Jacob Zuma. Or maybe the Court might order Zuma to present himself before the commission again, if he refuses to go there for the fourth time in 2021 then the Court decide what is next based on his refusal.

In both ways there will be a political crisis for Ramaphosa to manage. Bheki Cele have played his role in trying to advise Zuma to comply with the Court order but Zuma chose otherwise. Now Bheki Cele is dealing with Khehla Sitole who is Police commissioner who previously kicked into touch of criminal complaint which was laid against Zuma in November last year. It is during the time he left the commission without the permission from Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. The judgement is out on whether the top police has the independence to carry out a court order.

At the same time, the Commissioner is a suspect in the buying of an intelligence-gathering challenge that was set to be used as part of the ANC's factional wars at the elective conference at Nasrec in 2017. The President is also supposed to lead those ANC members who will appear before the Zondo commission later this month. ANC have been named in most testimonies since the commission resumed working in August 2018. The party must explained itself on how it played a critical role in fronting Bosasa company for it's benefits. The former COO, Angelo Aggrizzi told the commission how cash and bags full of money made their way to the party's leaders. But the much awaited story is how Bosasa controlled the whole election campaigns for ANC.

The President is expected to face difficult questions about his role as the Deputy President for the past ten years of State Capture, since he have not done any changes since he took over the office. Another question that he must answer is how the country's tender system has become a funding scheme for the governing party. Ramaphosa will have to answer on the allegations labelled against him by the Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe through Glencore as it is suspected that they have used him to influence it's contracts with Eskom. The company have since denied any wrongdoing but Zondo had promised Molefe that his testimony will not be ignored.

He must explain the utterance of Jessie Duarte who said democratic centralism works in the party regarding the exercise of parliamentary oversight with it's member of parliaments. Still at the end of the month, it will be the due date for the party's structures to give a feed back on a set of guidelines to decide how ANC members who are caught in suspicions of corruption, a to when should they step aside from their roles. The main culprit is Ace Magashule who is refusing to step aside since he is attending court cases. The way it is the guy will not stand down from his post without a fight and he could even take it into courts which will set Ramaphosa up for a long and difficult battle with the man in charge of the party's everyday duties.

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