By Thys Khiba
Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance (DA) said that the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa must be the first person called to testify before an inquiry into the insurrection which took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
This follows the views by National Assembly House Chairperson, Cedric Frolick, that Parliament pursue an inquiry into the insurrection which took place in the two provinces.
“This probe will, however, not hold any legitimacy if President Cyril Ramaphosa is not called to testify before the inquiry,” DA Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone said.
According to Mazzone, Ramaphosa must testify and account for his Cabinet’s utter failure to respond adequately to the insurrection.
“South Africans have seen many inquires over the years and have became inquiry-fatigued. The public will, therefore, not accept anything less than full, open and honest transparency especially from the ANC government” Mazzone said.
The DA called on Parliament to ensure that the suggested inquiry should invite all Ministers of the security cluster to testify before the inquiry, including the entities responsible for crime intelligence.
Amongst other things that the DA called the Parliament on is strict, clear terms of reference to guide the proceedings of the inquiry.
“A clear commitment by all political parties that they will work towards true accountability and that the inquiry won’t simply be an attempt to whitewash what happened or exonerate anyone.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa posted on social media, Twitter, that they are working to ensure that cash can be securely transported and is available in sufficient quantities to consumers and businesses throughout Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
“Our priorities are to restore and maintain stability, secure essential supplies, provide relief and start rebuilding, and accelerate inclusive economic recovery,” Ramaphosa said. @centralnewsfs
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