Bosasa has been implicated before the commission over allegations of bribing top politicians and officials with money and other gratifications in exchange for state contracts and political protection.
Ramaphosa had previously acknowledged in a stinging letter to the party’s membership in August last year that while the ANC might not stand alone in the dock, it did “stand as accused No 1”, and his much anticipated testimony is expected to expand on the remark, which received both rousing welcome and vocal rejection from the ANC’s rank and file.
Other issues Ramaphosa was expected to testify on was the ANC’s cadre deployment policy, which has been criticised by the DA and other interests groups, including AfriForum, as having been an enabler for corruption as those deployed had pushed for party and corrupt interests instead of being dedicated to clean, public service.
While the ANC’s national chairperson Gwede Mantashe has already testified and defended the policy before the commission, Ramaphosa was expected to give more detail on how the policy and the deployment committee, which he chaired as the party’s deputy president from 2013 until late 2017, actually worked and answer on its alleged role in state capture.
Ramaphosa is scheduled to testify for two days as the leader of the ANC on Wednesday and Thursday and return to the commission next month and testify for another two days as the head of state on 13-14 May.