South African President Ramaphosa, accused of corruption, has the support of the top of his own party, the African National Congress (ANC). He is under fire in a case involving the theft of a large sum of money from his game farm.
A parliamentary commission of inquiry wrote a critical report on this subject. It emerged last week and was due to be discussed in parliament tomorrow, but has been postponed until next Tuesday.
The party leadership decided after a weekend of consultations that ANC parliamentarians would vote against a possible impeachment procedure. The ruling party has a large majority in parliament.
The report says there are indications of misconduct and possible violation of the constitution by Ramaphosa. He also allegedly violated an anti-corruption law.
Earlier today, it became clear that Ramaphosa has gone to the Constitutional Court to have the report declared illegal.
Ramaphosa was discredited last summer when a Zuma supporter said the president covered up a theft. A large amount of money was allegedly stolen from his game farm. The money was allegedly hidden in a sofa.
The president admitted that money was stolen, but he said it was $580,000 and not $4 million as previously reported. The huge amount would come from bison sales. The commission of inquiry indicates in the report that there is “considerable doubt” about this reading.
The 70-year-old head of state came to power in 2018 with a promise to fight corruption. He succeeded Jacob Zuma, also a member of the ANC. The party is therefore divided between supporters of Zuma and those of Ramaphosa.
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