Judicial inquiry needed to ensure SA does not become a mafia state, says Ramaphosa
Rustenburg — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC must keep SA from becoming a "mafia state", and reiterated his call for a judicial inquiry into allegations that the government has been unduly influenced by private interests. "The ANC must ensure SA does not become a mafia state because once you reach that state, all the wheels have come off," Ramaphosa said on Sunday in a speech in the platinum mining hub of Rustenburg. A judicial commission, which was recommended last year by former public protector Thuli Madonsela, was the only way to put the issue of "state capture" to rest, Ramaphosa said. In her State of Capture report, Madonsela said a probe was needed to determine whether President Jacob Zuma had allowed members of the Gupta family, who are in business with his son, to influence Cabinet appointments and the awarding of state contracts. Both Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.