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BREAKING | Phala Phala panel finds Ramaphosa ‘may have committed serious violations’, breached anti-corruption laws

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.


President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The independent panel appointed by the speaker to investigate whether there was any evidence of wrongdoing on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s part in the Phala Phala saga has said there exists “prima facie” evidence that he breached anti-corruption laws.

The findings, made by the panel led by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, found that:

“In light of all the information placed before the Panel, we conclude that this information discloses, prima facie, that the President may have committed: 

  • 264.1. A serious violation of sections 96(2)(a). 
  • 264.2. A serious violation of section 34(1) of PRECCA. 
  • 264.3. A serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by acting in a way that is inconsistent with his office.
  • 264.4. A serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by exposing himself to a situation involving a conflict between his official responsibilities and his private business.”

The panel delivered its report to the Speaker earlier on Wednesday, and its work is a preliminary step in Parliamentary processes around a motion that seeks to remove the president. Section 89 of the Constitution allows for the removal of a sitting president on the grounds of a serious violation of the Constitution of the law; serious misconduct or an inability to perform the functions of the office.

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