Phala Phala: What now, Mr President?


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President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation this evening, on the Phala Phala saga.

His spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya says that the president wants to give the country a clear sense of direction following the release of the Section 89 independent panel report.

It was tasked with determining whether President Ramaphosa has a case to answer on the robbery at his Phala Phala game farm, why it wasn’t reported to the police, and why foreign currency was being kept on the property.

Now political analyst, Ebrahim Fakir contends that President Ramaphosa must consider resigning as the contents of the report are damning.

He notes that the fallout of the report is already evident in the president postponing his Q&A session in the National Council of Provinces that was set down for today.

This as African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament are likely scrambling on how to find a way to maneuver around the recommendations.

Fakir says that this is evidence of how the ANC handles its responsibilities; its party first and the State second…

What ought to be happening at parliament – you guys decided as parliament on this very elaborate process – much of it unnecessary, but now that it’s in place, you have to let the process play out. There is a report; you have to consider the report. And then parliament, when it convenes on the 6th [December], will decide whether there will be a setting up of a special ad hoc committee, as the DA is asking. Or another committee that will then formulate a resolution and then they will debate this resolution on whether there should be an impeachment or not. But that’s still a way off. What I think is happening right now, is I think the president, his deputy, members of cabinet, they’re all rallying around to try and find a political defence. – Ebrahim Fakir, ASRI director of programmes

Meanwhile, it’s said that President Ramaphosa has his closest advisors around him as he determines his next move.

He has reportedly told them that the report, by the independent panel headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, was flawed.

President Ramaphosa is also expected not to put up a fight at a looming ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting this evening.

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