Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will proceed with a court application to have President Cyril Ramaphosa impeached after Parliament refused to approve the move.
Malema said it would pursue legal action to compel an investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged money laundering. The allegations, the party believes, should lead to his removal from office.
We as the EFF have also written to the South African Reserve Bank, the South African Revenue Services, the Financial Intelligence Centre, and all relevant structures to demand that Cyril Ramaphosa be held accountable and nothing is being done about it.#EFFPresser pic.twitter.com/SN2A5H4f4V
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 14, 2022
Malema said EFF would file papers in court to compel Parliament to impeach Ramaphosa, and to order South African Reserve Bank (SARB) South African Revenue Services (SARS), and Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) to investigate his financial affairs in the Phala Phala scandal.
Malema said EFF wrote to SARS, SARB, FIC and the police demanding Ramaphosa be held accountable, but none of them has yet to act.
“The Police are failing to address serious crimes and are ignoring large-scale money laundering, racketeering, and currency violations by Ramaphosa, who has been engaging in illegal activities with the help of his gangsters,” said Malema.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said Malema, is shielding President Ramaphosa from public scrutiny and refusing to consider proposals for an inquiry into possible breaches by the president.
Speaking at the SACP elective conference on Friday, President Ramaphosa said he would not be intimidated or deterred by opponents to do his job, saying he is prepared to appear before the ANC Integrity Commission to clear his name.
Former spy boss, Arthur Frase filed a criminal complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa on June 1, 2022, at a Rosebank police station in Johannesburg.
In a 12-page sworn statement, Fraser accused Ramaphosa of kidnapping, bribery, money laundering, and “concealing a crime” in relation to the alleged theft of $4 million from his Phala Phala Game Farm in Bela Bela, Limpopo.
President Ramaphosa claimed the US dollars stolen during the 2020 heist at his family’s game farm did not stem from criminal activity but from the farm’s legitimate business transactions.
Ramaphosa recently denied any impropriety when addressing the African National Congress’s Polokwane conference.
However, the EFF said Ramaphosa violated both the rules of Parliament and the Constitution by refusing to answer any of our questions, despite having written a letter to him in order to provide information about the millions of dollars hidden and stolen in his properties.