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Tough talk from Cyril at gala fundraiser

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Ramaphosa urges business people to "dig deep into their pockets" for the organisation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said those found guilty of wrongdoing and corruption during commissions of enquiry should be held accountable to the rest of the country. 

Speaking at an ANC gala fundraiser on Friday he said that these commissions were serving to cleanse the country.

He added that a spirit of renewal was sweeping through government departments and state-owned entities.

Ramaphosa stated that national health insurance would be implemented in the next five years. 

Fresh from his visit to Davos, in Switzerland, he pointed out that the minimum wage would not impact on job losses. He indicated that rather artificial intelligence and robotics posed a real threat to jobs in the future. Ramaphosa urged business people to “dig deep into their pockets” for the organisation.

A portrait of Oliver Tambo was auctioned during the event for R1 million. 

Speaking to the media, ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula did not wish to comment on whether the ANC would take action against members exposed in commissions of enquiry. He was reluctant to respond to issues of basic affecting local residents although he said the ANC “would address it”.