Last updated on 2022-06-09
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) Leader Bantu Holomisa has suggested President Cyril Ramaphosa take sabbatical leave for preliminary investigations into allegations he covered up a robbery at his game farm.
Holomisa wrote to Spesker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngakula, requesting a preliminary investigation into the “entire affair” with terms of reference that would include determining whether the South African Revenue Services and the Reserve Bank were aware of the situation.
“Given the current climate with the suspected involvement of the police and the State Security Agency, but most significantly, that Parliament has a role to oversee the executive, the UDM would recommend that President Ramaphosa take a sabbatical leave until mid-August 2022.”
In a statement on Monday, Holomisa said preliminary investigation could be conducted by two retired Constitutional Court judges and their findings could be handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority for further action.
Former State Security Head, Arthur Fraser has laid criminal charges against President Ramaphosa over the $4 million allegedly stolen from his Phala Phala Game farm in Bela Bela, Limpopo in 2020.
“The charges have caused great harm to the nation’s image at home and abroad, and is likely to make investors less confident. especially President Ramaphosa, who has championed good governance, now has the bomb exploded over his own head,” added Holomisa.