The corruption allegations against South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are well founded. This was stated by a parliamentary committee of inquiry on Wednesday. According to the final report, there are sufficient elements to debate in parliament about a possible impeachment.
Ramaphosa was charged with money laundering and bribery in June. The case revolves around a 2020 robbery in which approximately $4 million was allegedly stolen from the president’s private livestock farm in the northeastern province of Limpopo. Ramaphosa had reported the robbery, but made no mention of the stolen money.
A three-member parliamentary committee has determined after an investigation that unexplained cash payments have taken place in the president’s entourage. Ramaphosa allegedly violated parts of the constitution and anti-corruption law, the report said.
Parliament will meet in a special session on Tuesday to consider the report. The representatives of the people are not obliged to follow the recommendations of the parliamentary committee. An impeachment procedure against Ramaphosa therefore seems unlikely to succeed, since his party ANC has a large majority in parliament.
The South African president has not yet commented. His cabinet says that Ramaphosa will study the report.