Ramaphosa’s Silence Regarding Phala Phala Frustrates MPs
As Parliamentarians adamantly demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa provide answers regarding the robbery on his Phala Phala farm, proceedings in the National Assembly descended into chaos.
On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Ramaphosa virtually appeared before Parliament to address a number of concerns raised by MPs, most notably the robbery and his hidden cash stash.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa was questioned about the farm robbery and some of the circumstances surrounding it by Floyd Shivambu, the deputy president of the EFF. Ramaphosa remained silent, telling Shivambu that the pertinent law enforcement organizations were still looking into the situation.
“That matter which relates to the one of the questions that will come later is a matter that is currently under investigation. There are various investigating arms or agencies of our country in the process of dealing with that matter and I will say a little bit more about that later when the question properly arises,” Ramaphosa said.
DP @FloydShivambu at the National Assembly Plenary
-The only time Ramaphosa cannot respond to a question is when the issue in terms of rule 89, is still awaiting a judicial decision in a court of law.
-He said he wants to be president of this country, we want answers now pic.twitter.com/riq0ZyccZE
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 30, 2022
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JUST IN: Some EFF MPs taken out of the house. #RamaphosaQandA @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/vWWQE9fF7r
— Athi Mtongana (@AthiMtongana) August 30, 2022
Additionally, Ramaphosa declared that he would cooperate with the Section 89 procedure that aims to have him removed from office. “I stand here as Cyril Ramaphosa not being unwilling to be accountable, I want to be fully accountable and I am saying once again that I’d like and it’s important and even those who are dealing with these matters have said it is important that we give it space and time to deal with all the aspects of this matter”
Former spy chief Arthur Fraser initially filed criminal charges against Ramaphosa in June, alleging that he covered up the theft of R62 million from his farm in Phala Phala, Limpopo. Additionally, he claims that the suspects were taken hostage, questioned, and then offered money in exchange for their silence. Ramaphosa has acknowledged a robbery that occurred on his property, but he denies criminal responsibility and claims the money taken was from the sale of cattle on his farm.
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