South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says that everyone mentioned in allegations of state capture, including President Jacob Zuma, should welcome the opportunity to clear their name through a judicial inquiry.

Ramaphosa said those implicated in the allegations should be called before a judicial commission of inquiry, regardless of who they were.

He was responding to a question by the ANC’s Mondli Gungubele in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Deputy president said there was much evidence about undue influence in a number of institutions of government.

He said the state capture allegations were a matter of grave concern to many South Africans.

Ramaphosa said the proposed judicial inquiry should be set up urgently.

“If there are allegations like these, whoever is affected should welcome the opportunity to explain themselves to clear their name.

”I call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all the ministers, the president and politicians implicated in the state capture,” he concluded.