The ANC wasn't immediately aware of state capture
Ramaphosa said he was not aware of any external forces that influenced the appointments of some individuals as heads of SOEs mainly because they were not processed by the ANC deployment committee.
He also said he didn't realise there was ongoing state capture until much later.
"Some of those appointments would have happened in that course of time and one, with hindsight, then became aware that there was a common thread, and if you joined the dots you would find that there was something amiss that was happening.
Receiving funding from Bosasa
The president said the ANC should have known about corruption allegations against Bosasa. It should have distanced itself from the company and halted any funding from Bosasa.
He said the Political Funding Act will help ensure parties are not associated with corruption-accused entities or individuals.
"The ANC should’ve been aware that there are always problems in relation to this company, obtaining contracts unlawfully, unfairly and all that."
No protection for corrupt individuals
Ramaphosa said officials implicated in wrongdoing would not receive any protection from the ruling party.
Ramaphosa said the party doesn't always consult with its members before it deploys them to certain positions.
While conceding that, at times, people had been appointed to positions for which they were not qualified, Ramaphosa said that the political deployment of party members into the civil service was practised widely by many governments in the world for good reason. Deployment was not inconsistent with public servants carrying out their duties in a fair, balanced and non-partisan manner, he said.
"It should be noted that the deployment of cadres to strategic positions is not unique to the ANC. It is practised in various forms and through various mechanisms — even if not always acknowledged as such — by other political parties in SA and in other countries."
In our view, cadre deployment has acquired such prominence in part because of the perspective that there should be no political interference in the selection of people who work in the public sector. However, international practice suggests a more nuanced approach to this matter," he said.