Time for Parliament to act on Ramaphosa: ATM

ATM feels vindicated by the Section 89 review panel report on the robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm.

Africa Melane speaks with Vuyo Zungula, President of the African Transformation Movement, at the independent panel on the failed Phala Phala robbery.

The 82-page report delivered to Parliament on Monday says the president committed serious violations in the alleged cover-up of the robbery at his estate.

Among the key questions raised in the report are the source of the US dollars, the investigation into the theft and why the police asked the Namibian authorities to handle the case with discretion.

Opposition parties are now calling for the president’s resignation.

After ATM failed to file a motion for a Section 89 investigation in June, it refiled a motion that led to the independent panel.

Speaking to Africa Melane, ATM president Vuyo Zungula called the report “scathing.”

He said the report lays bare how the president’s presentations “cannot be trusted.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly at Parliament in Cape Town on November 3, 2022. Image: @PresidencyZA/Twitter
President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly at Parliament in Cape Town on November 3, 2022. Image: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

The report speaks of a certain ‘Mr. Ndlovu’, who received the US dollars and packed them into sofas. But Mr. Ndlovu did not submit affidavits to support his statements. Even the buyer who came from Sudan crossed the border, went to Phala Phala without prior arrangement and left the place with $580. After buying 20 buffaloes, he only got a receipt without a VAT number. The report is showing how the president has been wanting.

Vuyo Zungula, President of the African Transformation Movement

Zungula believes that the report is a victory for accountability and transparency in the executive.

When this information came to light, our view was that there was an impeachable case to answer and Parliament is the only institution that can hold the president accountable. Parliament can only act if members of parliament act. The issue of accountability and oversight is vital for opposition parties. We would never expect a ruling party to maintain its own deployment in the way that we as ATM have.

Vuyo Zungula, President of the African Transformation Movement

The next step is for Parliament to approve the report on December 6.

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It will require 51% of members of Parliament to vote for impeachment proceedings.

The ATM, which has two members in Parliament, will need to muster enough support among opposition ranks for a successful impeachment trial.

There is no way that an upright and patriotic Member of Parliament who believes in the rule of law would vote to protect the President. A person like this cannot be trusted to run the country in the best interest of the people. We will make sure there is a secret ballot so that all members can vote in a way that suits their conscience and is not dictated by party lines.

Vuyo Zungula, President of the African Transformation Movement

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