SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa under renewed EFF attack

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has weighed in on the latest development regarding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s, Phala Phala farm saga, alleging the president runs a “well-established syndicate” and uses his employees to avoid direct links with his alleged crimes.

This comes after News24 reported a Sudanese businessman handed US$580 000 (about R10m at current exchange rates) in cash to an employee at Ramaphosa’s Limpopo farm 45 days before the same money was stolen.

According to the publication, the man identified as Mustaf Mohamed Ibrahim Hazim handed the money to the employee on December 25, 2019. In a statement, the red berets slammed Ramaphosa for not using a credible financial institution or a bank, saying he instead used furniture like a “drug smuggler” to store the money.

“Ramaphosa’s claim that the money was given to his staff member in 2019 for the sale of buffalo and the claims the illicit money stolen at his farm was proceeds of game hold no ground because the animals he supposedly sold are on the Phala Phala farm two years later,” said the EFF.

“This confirms Ramaphosa uses his farm and the Ankole society he leads as a disguise to launder money and receive illicit donations from his funders. His criminality, secrecy and extensive efforts to avoid tax and launder money are calculated and cause serious harm to South Africa’s economy.

“There is no doubt Ramaphosa not only keeps millions of illicit money on his properties, but equally he runs a well-established syndicate in which he uses his employees to avoid direct links with his crimes. He uses his employees to hide laundered money, his security detail to hunt down, abduct and torture suspects of crime and state resources to pursue people, conceal and commit crimes.”

The EFF reiterated the call for the release of the Phala Phala report, saying it is long overdue and that it will ensure all investigative authorities conduct their work and no cover-ups are conducted. On Friday, several opposition parties will picket at the public protector’s office in Tshwane.

The parties — including the EFF, UDM, ATM, Cope and ACDP — are calling for acting public protector Kholeka Gcaleka to release the report on Phala Phala. —TimesLIVE

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