South Africa president criticizes corruption cases by previous leader

South Africa’s President and African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa has said the country’s governing party could have done more to halt state corruption under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.

During a much-anticipated appearance before a judicial panel probing allegations of corruption and fraud under Zuma, Ramaphosa said on Wednesday graft had eroded constitutional values and undermined the rule of law.

Ramaphosa, the first sitting president to testify in such a probe, appeared in his capacity as the current leader of the ANC, the party that has governed South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

Dozens of ministers and former ministers, elected officials, businessmen and senior civil servants have appeared before the commission.

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