President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly in a frantic fight for his political life as well as the Phala Phala report.
PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA MIGHT CONSIDER FIGHTING THE REPORT POLITICALLY
It is believed that his allies in the cabinet are trying to convince him that the Section 89 panel report was flimsy and could be fought politically.
This comes after reports on Thursday that Ramaphosa was ready to resign from office.
As the nation waited in anticipation, the Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya confirmed on Thursday evening that the president would not address the country as initially expected.
Meanwhile, 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
Committee chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe said on Thursday afternoon 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 on Friday.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed that the meeting would take place from 11:00.
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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.
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.
HE IS EXPECTED TO ADDRESS THE NATION SOON
Earlier this week, the Section 89 panel found Ramaphosa may have contravened the Constitution and anti-corruption laws with his dealings at Phala Phala.
The country’s former spy boss, Arthur Fraser, opened a criminal case against the President for the burglary of millions of rands that happened at Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm in early 2020.
IT IS BELIEVED HE IS STILL CONSIDERING HIS OPTIONS
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.”
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.