Crime & Justice

Ramaphosa’s party to decide his future after corruption accusations

Johannesburg, Dec 5 (EFE).- The future of South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa is to be decided on Monday at a meeting of the executive committee of the country’s ruling party to discuss corruption and misbehavior allegations against him.

The allegations accuse the head of state of covering up the theft of $4 million from his Phala Phala farm in the northeast of the country back in 2020.

He has admitted that the money was stolen but claims that the sum was roughly $580,000.

Ramaphosa himself is to take part in the meeting, as the president of the chief executive organ of the African National Congress (ANC).

The party’s labor committee on Sunday reviewed a parliamentary report claiming the president may have violated several anti-corruption laws.

At that meeting, the leaders concluded that ANC deputies should reject the report when it will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday, considering it flawed.

Ramaphosa’s lawyer confirmed that he plans to appeal the report before the country’s Constitutional Court, after his party allies dissuaded him from resigning, a decision that seemed imminent last week.

The document, prepared by an independent panel appointed by the Parliament in August, analyzed a motion filed in June against Ramaphosa by the African Movement for Transformation, one of the opposition parties.

The motion accused Ramaphosa of violating his presidential oath by failing to comply with the Constitution, which prohibits members of the government from engaging in other paid professional work.

The president has admitted that he was engaged in the sale of prey animals, claiming that the money stolen from his farm came from that business – in which cash payments are common – and not from illegal operations.

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has confirmed preparing a motion for Parliament calling for the dissolution of the government, which would lead to early elections. EFE


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