South African President Ramaphosa is not going to be impeached over cash-in couch scandal | CNN

South African President Ramaphosa is not going to be impeached over cash-in couch scandal | CNN


South African President Ramaphosa survived a transfer to begin impeachment proceedings in opposition to him in a vote in parliament on Tuesday.

The transfer was broadly anticipated, after the highest management ruling African National Congress (ANC) known as on their parliamentary caucus to dam the investigation.

One by one, MPs have been requested to articulate their vote in individual after requests to carry the vote in secret will dominated out by the Speaker of Parliament.

There have been a couple of ‘sure’ votes from ANC members, and a few no-shows, however their caucus largely held collectively. Opposition events have been principally unified on calling for an impeachment enquiry. The vote required a easy majority. 

The vote got here after an unbiased panel unbiased panel discovered there may be preliminary proof that he might have violated his oath of workplace.

The findings relate to an ongoing scandal linked to the theft of greater than $500,000 in money from his non-public recreation farm in 2020. The money was stuffed inside a leather-based couch in line with the panel investigation.

The panel, led by a former chief justice, discovered that the crime was not reported to the police and that there was a ‘deliberate choice to maintain the investigation secret.’

After preliminary hypothesis that he would resign, Ramaphosa’s legal professionals have sought to problem the panel’s findings in court docket. The president has repeatedly denied the allegations saying the cash was from the sale of wildlife at his Phala Phala farm.

Later this week, the president will contest an ANC elective convention, the place he’s broadly anticipated to win.

The vote was preceded by a spirited debate the place opposition party leaders lambasted each the president for not offering a fuller clarification for the money and the ANC caucus for backing him.

“You are so determined to keep away from any kind of investigation into the crimes which have occurred in and in relation to the Phala Phala farm that you’ve determined to spit within the face of the freedoms and establishments so many individuals fought and died for,” mentioned Julius Malema, the chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

“As lengthy as you may have the numbers in parliament, you may make any scandal go away and if that’s how you propose to vote at this time, in a single unified protect in opposition to accountability and oversight, similar to you probably did within the Zuma days then disgrace on you,” mentioned John Steenhuisen, the chief of the official opposition Democratic Alliance, referring to Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma who was by no means censured by parliament, however was ultimately compelled to resign after a corruption scandal.

ANC members mentioned that the report didn’t present sufficient proof to maneuver in the direction of an impeachment continuing. The president nonetheless might face a number of investigations exterior of parliament.



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