The divisions in South Africa have lead to a trend of selective morality. This observation from political analyst, Professor Steven Friedman, comes as the same African National Congress (ANC) camp that supported the step-aside rule, are singing a different tune as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reputation takes another knock. The release of the Section 89 independent panel report on whether he has a case to answer on the Phala Phala saga, has shone the spotlight on the ANC leader, and impacted his anti-corruption stance. While the report’s findings are still untested, the reputational damage to the ANC and Ramaphosa’s leadership cannot be ignored. The party’s National Executive Committee meeting is sitting today to determine whether its members should adopt the report in the National Assembly. President Ramaphosa has since recused himself from the special meeting on the Phala Phala report. Meanwhile, the African Transformation Movement has requested that tomorrow’s parliamentary vote should be held in secret. However, National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula has denied this request, saying that it would prevent members of the public from knowing the positions of their representatives across party lines.
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