Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa fervently denounced state capture during his address at the South African Communist Party (SACP) congress, saying that the country was losing its sovereignty with a growing list of foreign organisations influencing its social policy. “I will not remain silent, we cannot turn a blind eye or keep quiet. I will not keep quiet ... and remain numb to what this means for our country and its people,” he said. Ramaphosa said taxpayers had paid for the lavish Gupta family wedding at Sun City when that money should have been used to build schools, clinics and roads. He said the money spent needed to be recovered and those found implicated needed to prosecuted. “Should we remain quiet? No. I’m one who will not remain quiet,” he said to loud applause from delegates. Ramaphosa said there was an urgent need for an independent judicial commission of inquiry to be established as “the house is burning”. In a tacit reference to ministers and President Jacob Zuma’s inv...

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