One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane isn’t convinced by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s anti-corruption sentiments, especially now with the controversy surrounding the robbery on his Limpopo farm.
It hasn’t been an easy week for Ramaphosa as he faces growing calls to account – and even step aside, while authorities probe what happened on his property.
Former spy boss Arthur Fraser laid criminal charges against Ramaphosa last week, claiming he concealed the theft of R62 million that had been kept on his farm in Phala Phala, Limpopo. He also alleges that the suspects were kidnapped and interrogated, before being offered money for their silence.
Ramaphosa has admitted there was a robbery on his property, but denies being criminally liable and says the monies stolen were proceeds from the sale of cattle on his farm.
RAMAPHOSA ‘REMAINS COMMITTED TO LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION’
In light of the scandal, now dubbed “farmgate” by South African media, President Cyril Ramaphosa penned a lengthy opinion piece for City Press, in which he reiterates his stance on corruption and accountability.
“The presidency remains committed to leading the fight against corruption and to undoing the deleterious effects of the state capture years. We are supporting the work of the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and its Special Tribunal, the Fusion Centre and all state entities involved in the fight against corruption,” Ramaphosa wrote in part.
There was a wave of reaction to Ramaphosa’s article on Twitter, including from Maimane, who responded: “Fight corruption in your sofa first” – this is of course in reference to the millions that were apparently hidden in his furniture.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it would be writing to the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in order to get to the bottom of the issue.
Opposition leader John Steenhuisen said he wants SARS to investigate whether the $4 million –was declared and he wants SARB to determine whether the money was related to potential money laundering.
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