JOHANNESBURG ( Associated Press) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was facing calls Thursday to resign, after a parliamentary investigative committee revealed he falsified anti-corruption charges in connection with the alleged theft of a large sum of money from his hatchery. laws were violated. ,
The country’s former intelligence chief, Arthur Fraser, alleges that Ramaphosa tried to cover up the theft of a large sum of money stashed in armchairs at his Battery in 2020. Fraser accused the president of money laundering and violations of foreign exchange control laws.
The parliamentary commission report questions the origin of the money and why it was not disclosed to the financial authorities. In addition, he says there would be a potential conflict of interest between the president’s business and official interests.
Ramaphosa denied any crime and assured that the money came from the sale of animals on his farm. But opposition parties and Ramaphosa’s critics within the ruling African National Congress have called for his resignation.
The ANC’s National Executive Committee, the party’s highest governing body, plans to meet in the next few hours to receive a report and likely seal the fate of Ramaphosa, who will be re-elected as leader at the next ANC conference. Seeking re-election so he can run for office again. Presidential post in 2024.
Debate on the report in the legislature is scheduled for next Tuesday, when they will vote on whether to take action, including impeaching the president. The CNA has a majority in parliament and could reject this attempt to impeach its leader.
“The President is studying the report and will make an announcement soon,” the President’s Office said.