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Ramaphosa Should Have Spoken Out on Zuma-Era Graft, South Africa Justice Says

  • President should have spoken out against Zuma, Zondo says
  • Chief justice has little hope ruling ANC can tackle corruption
Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril RamaphosaPhotographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa should have spoken out to protest rampant corruption during his predecessor’s reign and didn’t do enough to stop the theft of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds, a judicial inquiry found.

The finding is the second blow in recent weeks to the credibility of the 69-year-old, who came to power in 2018 promising to cleanse his country and the ruling African National Congress of graft after Jacob Zuma’s scandal-ridden tenure. Earlier this month, ex-spy chief Arthur Fraser laid criminal charges against Ramaphosa, saying he had concealed the theft of more than $4 million from his farm. The president has denied breaking the law.