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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The South African parliament votes to not impeach Ramaphosa

South Africa's parliament votes against impeaching Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG: A report claiming that President Cyril Ramaphosa held undeclared foreign currency at his farm in 2020 led the South African parliament to vote against initiating impeachment proceedings.

The motion to impeach Ramaphosa was defeated by 214 votes to 148 from the lawmakers.

The majority party in the parliament, the African National Congress, largely supported Ramaphosa, preventing the motion from receiving the required two-thirds vote to proceed with impeachment.

However, by voting in favor of impeachment, four ANC lawmakers demonstrated their opposition to Ramaphosa, and a few others did not participate in the vote.

A damning parliamentary report claimed that Ramaphosa illegally concealed at least $580,000 in cash in a sofa at his Phala Phala game ranch. This led to the crucial vote.

It said he didn't report the burglary of the cash to the police to keep away from inquiries over how he got the unfamiliar money and why he had not announced it to specialists.

The report has prompted Ramaphosa's adversaries, including members of opposition parties and even rivals within his ANC party, to demand his resignation.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a high-ranking ANC leader and a minister in Ramaphosa's Cabinet, was one of at least four ANC lawmakers who voted against the party line and in support of the impeachment process with the opposition parties.

At the ANC's most recent national conference in 2017, Dlamini-Zuma lost to Ramaphosa for the presidency.

Other outstanding figures who casted a ballot for Ramaphosa's prosecution were Supra Mahumapelo and Mosebenzi Zwane, known opponents of Ramaphosa and partners of previous president Jacob Zuma, showing the degree of divisions inside the ANC.

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Legislators from the African National Congress (ANC) argued that the report's committee did not provide sufficient evidence to support the impeachment of Ramaphosa.

They stated that the situation is still being investigated by other law enforcement agencies.

They likewise refered to Ramaphosa's application for a legal survey of the report, saying parliament ought to anticipate the result of that cycle prior to continuing with any move against the president.

The parliamentary vote comes in a week when Ramaphosa will also be fighting for his political life as he tries to be re-elected as the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at its national conference, which starts on Friday in Johannesburg.

Additionally, members of the party's highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee, will be elected at the conference.

In order to run for president of South Africa again in 2024, Ramaphosa needs to be re-elected as the leader of the ANC.

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