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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Zuma accuses South African president of “buying” his post

Former South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday accused his successor Cyril Ramaphosa of “buying” his position as president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, launching a fresh attack against him just a month before the election. .

The ANC is due to meet in December to decide whether to re-elect Ramaphosa as party president in the 2024 presidential election and launch him as a candidate for a second term.

“Cyril Ramaphosa has clearly been accused of spending a lot of money to buy his position as president of the ANC,” Zuma told supporters in Durban.

Dancing on stage and chanting “Amandala!” While chanting (power), Zuma accused the current ruler of “manipulating the democratic process”.

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The funding of Ramaphosa’s campaign by the ANC leadership in 2017 generated controversy.

He was accused of lying to parliament about a donation of 500,000 rand ($28,000) from an industry group.

Ramaphosa, 69, was finally acquitted by the Constitutional Court and took over the reins of the country following Zuma’s resignation in 2018 amid scandals.

Sentenced to 15 months in prison for refusing to respond to an anti-corruption commission, 80-year-old Zuma served his sentence in October, although he was on probation for health reasons.

Ramaphosa’s main political rival, the former president, accused him of “treason” and “corruption” a month ago.

Ramaphosa, elected on a promise to root out corruption, has been facing a storm for several months.

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He is investigated for mysterious cash found during a robbery at one of his properties.

An independent commission appointed by parliament is due to present its results next week, and the report could lead to a vote to remove Ramaphosa, which condemns a political maneuver against him.

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