Avoiding conflicts of interest should come naturally to anyone – Ramaphosa

2013-01-16 08:51

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is reviewing his role in business to ensure there are no conflicts of interest with his new role, he has said.

“I want to remove any form of conflictual situation with my role as deputy president of the ANC,” Ramaphosa said in an interview on CNBC Africa’s Political Exchange yesterday.

He described his election to the post as “a life-changing event”, but added that avoiding such conflicts should come naturally to anyone.

Since the African National Congress’s elective conference held in Mangaung last month, the party would make an effort to work with private enterprise.

“The ANC has consciously decided that it does want to interact with all institutions in the South African space, that includes business. I want them to be proactive... business should not be bystanders.”

Ramaphosa, who is chairman of the Shanduka Group among other business interests, denied he represented business in the party’s national executive committee.

Talking about problems facing the mining sector, Ramaphosa said while wages and living and working conditions had improved since apartheid, more needed to be done to improve the lives of mineworkers.

“I’m glad to say, employers, unions and various other entities are alive to that.”

Ramaphosa reiterated that he would be willing to testify about the strike-related violence at Marikana before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, should he be called upon to do so.

He denied that an e-mail he sent prior to the deaths of 34 striking Lonmin miners at Marikana on August 16, in which he suggested “concomitant action”, was a call for a violent response.

Instead, Ramaphosa said he was concerned, in the wake of 10 strike-related deaths the preceding week, as to how further loss of life could be avoided.

This was informed by his previous role as general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers.

“I could never abandon the impact that workers have had on me. [I could] never ever face a situation where I would say ’take action against these workers’.

“I did say I was trying to prevent further loss of life,” Ramaphosa said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks take ‘no mercy’ approach
Burger to equal Bok RWC record
Japan victory attracts record TV figures
iPads the secret to Japanese RWC success
Traffic Alerts

It is time to focus on your daily rhythm. Are you putting too much attention on future projects and neglecting the day to day...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.