President Ramaphosa Refuses to Resign Despite Scandal Over Stolen Money from Farm

Africa’s president cyril ramaphosa has been embroiled in a scandal over money stolen from his farm. the scandal involves mr ramaphosa, his predecessor jacob zuma, his former health minister zweli mkhize, and a former south african spy boss arthur fraser, who filed a complaint with police accusing the president of hiding a theft of $4m (â£3.25m) in cash from his phala phala game farm. the president has admitted that money was stolen, but claims it was $580,000, not $4m.

Scandal erupted in june 2020, when the complaint was filed, and the theft is believed to have taken place at mr ramaphosa’s game farm. a panel of legal experts has concluded that he has a case to answer and has handed their findings to parliament, which is set to examine them and decide whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.

Scandal is especially damaging for mr ramaphosa as he came to power vowing to clear up the corruption which had dogged the country under his predecessor, jacob zuma. it is believed that the money was stolen from mr ramaphosa’s game farm and that he attempted to cover up the theft. the anc remains deeply divided between supporters of mr zuma and those who back mr ramaphosa, and mr ramaphosa is under pressure from the opposition, as well as rivals from his governing anc, to resign. he has suggested he will fight on, and rather than quit would seek a second term as leader of his african national congress party.

By Evey Lovelace

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