President Ramaphosa says he will resign
President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to resign from his post as the nation’s leader should he be charged with corruption.
This comes after former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe claimed that Ramaphosa was involved in the irregular awarding of contracts at the power utility.
Speaking to News24 on Friday afternoon Ramaphosa confirmed that, should he be charged, he would take it upon himself to resign. Molefe had told the State Capture Inquiry that Ramaphosa, during his time as deputy president, had been appointed chair of the power utility’s war room.
Molefe claimed that this had coincided with Ramaphosa’s time as a shareholder at Glencore, a contractor awarded business with the state-owned entity, a conflict of interest if true. Speaking to Power FM, Ramaphosa had denied that there was any conflict, adamant that he had exited all business positions at the time, committing to testify at the Inquiry. Molefe is one of the top dogs facing a R3.8 billion lawsuit by Eskom in conjunction with the Special Investigating Unit. Ramaphosa is also facing a probe carried out by the ANC’s integrity commission over the fundraising for his CR17 campaign. The President reiterated that the ANC is taking a firm stance against members who are facing serious criminal charges, urging them to respect the ruling party’s view on the matter and resign.