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Ramaphosa willing to talk at state capture commission

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Cyril Ramaphosa at ANC function © Getty/AFP Cyril Ramaphosa at ANC function

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says he’ll give evidence at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry looking into state capture, if asked to do so.

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday, he was quizzed on what he knew about state capture while he was deputy president and overseeing state-owned enterprises.

Ramaphosa also says he’s getting tough on government corruption, with lifestyle audits for government officials expected to begin in October.

Read: Zondo calls for written affidavits from Guptas

While still deputy president, Ramaphosa was delegated by his predecessor Jacob Zuma to oversee state-owned enterprises.

It’s over this time that SOEs like Eskom, Transet, and Denel were looted.

NCOP delegates are interested in what Ramaphosa knew about corrupt activities.

Read: Zuma implicated in plot to oust Ramaphosa: report

"If the Zondo Commission asks me to appear before it, I've no difficulty, I've no opposition. I will go with a great deal of pleasure."

Responding to further questions on the Zondo Commission, Ramaphosa says he's shocked at the allegations of corruption.

He’s vowing to return any lost money to the Treasury.

"We will bring back the money. Because that money belongs to the people of South Africa. And we will find it, and we will bring it back."

Read: Gupta bid to get seized property back postponed

The Presidency says lifestyle audits into all senior government officials could begin by next month.

Ramaphosa was asked to comment on whether he knew about his deputy, David Mabuza, flying onboard a Gupta-owned jet.

"I'm not able to answer for the deputy president. All I can say is that everybody is going to be subjected to a lifestyle audit. From the president right throughout to members of the executive. "

Ramaphosa says several state departments, including the police, will be involved in looking at the lifestyles of government officials.

Watch: President Ramaphosa briefs NCOP on land reform

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