Johannesburg – The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, will appear until 6 November next to respond to allegations of impeachment examined by an independent panel charged with investigating the criminal accusations brought against him concerning the “Farmgate” affair.
The independent panel, charged by the Parliament to determine if Ramaphosa has a dossier to answer concerning the allegations of concealment of a will of millions of dollars in foreign exchange perpetrated in 2020 in the farm Phala Phala, gave the deputies six days to submit pertinent information concerning this affair pour evaluation.
The President of South Africa will then have 10 days to submit written answers. The six days of the deputies began on October 22 and will end on October 27, while Ramaphosa’s 10 days of response will run from October 28 to November 6.
The President of the National Assembly (Parliament), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, named the former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, the judge Thokozile Masipa and the lawyer Mahlape Sello to the panel that will proceed to a preliminary evaluation of the motion of the Movement de transformation africaine (ATM) against Cyril Ramaphosa.
The head of the ATM, Vuyo Zungula, presented a motion asking the Assembly to open an inquiry into the impeachment of President Ramaphosa for “grave violation of the constitution or the law and grave fault”.
According to this motion, the President of South Africa faces four charges of indictment linked to the inappropriate accusation of a crime and a conflict of personal interests with his official position.
The panel will not be able to recommend if Ramaphosa doit or non faire l’objet d’une enquête de mise en prosecution, but the final decision will belong to the National Assembly.
M. Zungula filed the request after the former head of intelligence, Arthur Fraser, filed a complaint last June concerning the dissimulation of a million-dollar fraud committed in 2020 in Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo .
According to Fraser’s complaint, the burglars broke into the private property of the head of state in February 2020, where they stole millions of dollars in cash. The plainte accuses M. Ramaphosa of having concealed theft from the police and the argent au fisc, of organizing the kidnapping and interrogation of thieves, then of having bribed them to keep silence.