A three-member independent Commission of Section 89, headed by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of committing a U.S. dollar-denominated robbery and theft of a large sum of money from his Fara game farm. By processing, I discovered that I had violated my oath of office. The commission noted that there was prima facie evidence against Ramaphosa in a report issued by Judge Ngcobo to parliamentary speaker Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula Wednesday morning but released the same evening. According to reports, Ramaphosa said he committed four serious offenses. Parliament Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said shortly after 10 a.m. he received his three-volume information from Judge Ngcobo. At a press conference, she said an electronic version of the report would be released via her ATC, a system used by Congress to release documents of public interest.
The report states:
“In light of all the information provided to the Panel, we conclude that this information discloses, in prima facie evidence, that the President may have committed.
- A serious violation of section 96(2)(a).
- A serious violation of section 34(1) of PRECCA.
- Serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by acting in a way that is inconsistent with his office.
- Serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by exposing himself to a situation involving a conflict between his official responsibilities and his private business of the Constitution.
Ramaphosa is expected to face a series of investigations into the Phala Phala case when he testifies before the National Council on Thursday. Ramaphosa confirmed in an affidavit filed with Judge Ngcobo’s panel that he is the sole owner of his Ntaba Nyoni Estates, where he conducts business as his Phala Phala. He also revealed that the farm was selling wild animals and that the proceeds from those sales were stolen. In his filing, Ramaphosa appears to hold the chief of security, Major General Wally Rhoode., entirely responsible for the crimes committed on the farm.He acknowledged that in a submission to three independent panels in Section 89.
He claimed that the estate’s staff, reporting to General Manager Hendrik von Wielligh, directed and supervised all operations.