JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the state capture inquiry.
That may happen only in two years' time, just before it wraps up.
That's what the ANC announced while defending the work of the commission ahead of party chairperson Gwede Mantashe's appearance on Tuesday.
Ramaphosa's submission is critical, particularly on the back of an affidavit filed by his predecessor at the Constitutional Court in support of former SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane.
In it, former President Jacob Zuma writes that Ramaphosa served him "diligently as Deputy President" and would have been familiar with the most important decisions taken by cabinet and the Presidency.
While Ramaphosa's appearance may not be imminent, that of the ANC is in a matter of days.
"The submission on Tuesday led by Mantashe will answer specific issues about the banks, and also respond to certain aspects of the testimony of comrade Barbara Hogan," said ANC NEC member Zizi Kodwa.
The ANC has also come out in defence of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and has pledged continued support for any witness appearing before the commission.