SOUTH Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution and has a case to answer on the Phala Phala farm robbery scandal.
These are some of the conclusions of three political parties who made submissions to the section 89 independent panel established by parliament to determine whether or not Ramaphosa violated the constitution and bridged the executive oath of office.
The three-member panel, chaired by former Constitutional Court Chief Judge, Sandile Ngcobo, supported by former Judge Thokozile Masipa and Advocate Mahlape Sello, is expected to make a pronouncement before the end of November.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in its submission, said the panel must find that there is ‘prima facie evidence’ against the president as the party claims that “Ramaphosa was not faithful to parliament.”
“There is prima facie evidence of a serious violation of the constitution and several laws and regulations and prima facie evidence of serious misconduct. We reiterate that by his own admission, Ramaphosa has already violated section 96 (2) (a) and (b) of the Constitution. Whether or not he declared, which we dispute, this violation stands alone like a sore thumb and makes a mockery of every attempt Ramaphosa makes to obfuscate matters,” the party said in its submission.
The EFF said the panel must also determine: . How much exactly was stolen from Phala-Phala farm, . Why did Ramaphosa not declare the US dollars that were stored in his mattresses and couch, . Why was the case not opened at a police station after the trespassing, housebreaking, and theft.
Were the police involved in the search and interrogation of the alleged criminals who stole Ramaphosa’s money, . Did the SAPS crime intelligence unit search for and question the people who were thought to have stolen money from Ramaphosa, and.
Did Ramaphosa attempt to conceal crimes of money laundering, corruption or fraud? The Sunday Independent previously reported that two crime intelligence officers were dispatched from Pretoria to Cape Town with a state grabber which was used to ping and trace the farm robbers to a house in Milnerton.
The police used a fictitious drug case to conduct this clandestine investigation which was led by Ramaphosa’s head of security, General Wally Rhoode. The men found at the house were allegedly tortured and kidnapped, and taken to the crime scene where they were forced to surrender some of their remaining loot. — IOL