South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday said he is ready to step down if charged with corruption.
His remarks follows Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s accusations of having been involved in the irregular awarding of contracts at Eskom during his tenure.
In an interview with News24, Ramaphosa said “If I’m charged with corruption, my own orientation is that, yes, [I will],”
Molefe told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that Ramaphosa had a conflict of interest when he, in his role as deputy president, was appointed chairperson of Eskom’s war room while he was a shareholder at Glencore, an Eskom contractor.
However, in an interview with Power FM earlier, Ramaphosa denied that there was a conflict of interest as he said he had exited all his business positions at the time.
He added that he would testify at the commission to clarify this as he has been clear on the ANC’s position that those who are facing serious criminal charges, like corruption, should step aside from their positions.
The South African president is also facing questions by the ANC’s integrity commission over fundraising for his campaign to be elected party president in 2017.