ANC NEC meeting postponed as Motlanthe rules out returning as president

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting has been postponed to Friday to discuss the Phala Phala report.

THE ANC NEC MEETING WAS POSTPONED TO FRIDAY MORNING

This comes shortly after Committee chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe said he would not consider a return as caretaker President if called to do so.

The virtual meeting was scheduled for Thursday evening, but the NEC will now sit in person at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed that the meeting would take place from 11:00.

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“Give us time to deal with the matter,” Mabe said during a media briefing on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is under severe pressure after the Section 89 Independent Panel made several adverse findings against him over the Phala Phala scandal.

WILL PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANNOUNCE HIS RESIGNATION?

According to Vincent Magwenya, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson said the President would address the nation “soon”.

Magwenya said a national address would be held imminently following the release of the Section 89 Independent Panel report, which made damning findings against the President. Ramaphosa WILL NOT address the nation on Thursday.

He told the media that the President was still considering his options.

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“The primary concern in the president’s mind is the stability of the government and the country.”

Magwenya reportedly said

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF RAMAPHOSA RESIGNS?

Deputy President David Mabuza, a former premier of Mpumalanga, will step in as acting president until Parliament votes for a new president.

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Ramaphosa will also resign as president of the ANC.

The person elected as the next ANC president in mid-December will be sworn in as state president at a special sitting of Parliament at the end of the month.

The DA has tabled a motion arguing for Parliament to be dissolved and for an early election to be held next year.

IT IS BELIEVED HE IS STILL CONSIDERING HIS OPTIONS

The country’s former spy boss, Arthur Fraser, opened a criminal case against the President for burglary of millions of rands that happened at Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm in early 2020.

Fraser alleged that thieves stole millions of rands in US dollars from Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm in 2020.

He furthermore said Ramaphosa failed to report the matter to the relevant authorities but instead called on the police members close to him to investigate the matter secretly.

THIS COMES AFTER A SECTION 89 PANEL FOUND THAT HE MAY HAVE CONTRAVENED LAWS

In Ramaphosa’s affidavit to the independent panel, he said $580 000 found its way to the game farm through a sale of buffaloes to a Sudanese businessman Mustafa Hazim.

The President said his farm and lodge manager, a Mr. Ndlovu, first stored the money in a safe in the Bayeto Centre Office.

However, he later moved the cash from the Bayeto Centre because he “was concerned that several staff members had access to the safe.”

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MILLIONS OF RANDS IN US DOLLARS WERE STOLEN FROM RAMAPHOSA’S PHALA PHALA GAME FARM

Ramaphosa said Ndlovu thought the safest place to store the money was in the President’s private residence on the farm.

“He stored the money below cushions of a sofa in a spare bedroom that is hardly ever used, inside my private residence, because he thought it was the safest place, as he believed nobody would break into the president’s house.”

IF THE REPORT IS PASSED, HE WILL FACE AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

The Ngcobo report confirmed the suspicions and found Ramaphosa had to answer the case for possible impeachment.

The National Assembly will consider the report on 6 December. If it is passed, the President will face an impeachment inquiry.

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