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Watchdog ‘clears’ South Africa’s Ramaphosa in cover-up scandal

Watchdog ‘clears’ South Africa’s Ramaphosa in cover-up scandal

The matter hasn’t finished for the head of state however, as a police investigation is still ongoing.

South Africa’s anti-corruption guard dog has gotten rid of Head of state Cyril Ramaphosa of any misbehavior in a preliminary report right into a whitewash rumor that has actually tarnished his track record, according to regional media reports.

The general public Guard claimed it has alerted linked parties of the initial findings of its probe over the theft of big quantities of cash money from Ramaphosa’s luxury Phala ranch– something the president is accused of having tried to conceal.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya claimed on Saturday the head of state got the report, details of which have actually been leaked to regional media.

” As mentioned previously, we repeat that the head of state did not join any kind of misbehavior, neither did he breach the vow of his office,” Magwenya claimed according to South African news electrical outlet News24. “Instead, the president was a target of a criminal offense that he duly reported to the relevant authorities.”

The rumor, which appeared in June, involved about $500,000 in cash that Ramaphosa acknowledged were taken from under couch cushions at his ranch.

The head of state, who said the money was payment for buffalos purchased by a Sudanese entrepreneur, was implicated of stopping working to report the issue to the authorities, as well as abusing his powers and also exposing himself to a problem of passion over the affair.

The record pardons him however discovered the head of the presidential security device to whom Ramaphosa reported the crime acted improperly, investigating the case directly as opposed to reporting it to the authorities, according to essences published by several media outlets.

The findings, which the left-wing opposition Economic Freedom Fighters celebration described as “nonsensical”, will bring some respite to Ramaphosa, that has been dogged by the allegations for months.

The rumor almost cost him his work in December when he directly ran away a parliamentary ballot that might have initiated procedures to remove him from office as well as has endangered his opportunities of safeguarding a 2nd term after following year’s elections.

Yet, it will certainly not be the end of the issue for the president.

An authorities examination is still recurring, with the head of an elite unit who stated previously this week investigators have actually accumulated more than 120 statements as part of their probe right into the affair.

Last Updated:  13 March 2023

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