ATM tables motion for Parliament to investigate Ramaphosa

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Vuyo Zungula, the leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) has tabled an official motion in Parliament. Zungula requested that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s possible involvement in the covering of the theft at the Phala Phala farm needs to be investigated.

Zungula notes ‘prima facie evidence’ in Ramaphosa’s alleged involvement

Phala Phala is Ramaphosa’s farm in Waterberg, Limpopo. Zungula said there was ‘overwhelming prima facie evidence’ in the matter. He further noted the fact that a large number of heads of law enforcement agencies were Ramaphosa’s appointees.

Adding that the above is the reason why a Parliamentary Committee needs to investigate the $4 million robbery at Phala Phala. 

“In terms of Rule 129A of the National Assembly rules, the ATM is moving a substantiated motion to establish a Section 89 Committee Inquiry following the overwhelming prima facie evidence against President Ramaphosa for constitutional violations as contemplated in section 89 of the Constitution of the Republic,”

wrote Zungula.

The tabling of Zunugla’s official motion came after the rejection of a motion the ATM tabled during a Parliamentary sitting on Monday, 13 June. Speaker for the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula advised that ATM should write a formal motion in order for the matter to be considered.

ATM says the President is in violation of the Consitution in a few ways

Speaking about Ramaphosa’s cattle and game business, Zungula noted that the president violated s83(b) by violating Section 96(2)(a) of the Constitution. This section states that members of the Cabinet and deputy ministers may not undertake any other paid work.

“In response to widely publicised criminal allegations by Mr Arthur Fraser, the president, while addressing Limpopo ANC conference delegates and media is on record saying ‘I am a farmer, I am in the cattle business and the game business… I buy and I sell animals… This that is being reported was a clear business transaction of selling animals’. In his own words, the president has confirmed that he is actively running his farming business and thus, contrary to the provisions of the Constitution as cited above, the president is doing other paid work,”

said Zungula.

Zungula noted a few violations of the Constitution on Ramaphosa’s part including that he did not report the theft to the SAPS. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

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Zungula mentioned that Ramaphosa reported the theft of the unconfirmed amount of money to the head of the Presidential Protection Unit instead of a police station. Zungula says this is a violation of the Constitution s96(2)(b). 

“In terms of section 34(2) of the act provides that any person who fails to report such corrupt activities is guilty of an offence. The president is undoubtedly guilty of this. There is no case number because even the manner in which the purported report was made was irregular and unlawful,”

said Zungula.

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