Last updated on December 6th, 2022 at 11:17 am
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, has taken a case to the country’s Constitutional Court in an effort to overturn a parliamentary report that accuses him of being involved in a corruption scandal. The report’s findings have paved the way for impeachment hearings against the president.
In a document that was given to the Supreme Court on Wednesday and of which AFP got a copy on Monday, the head of state asked that the report that was given to parliament on Wednesday be “reviewed, declared illegal, and ignored” while the report is still being written.
Ramaphosa, who is now 70 years old and has been embarrassed by the scandal for several months, is accused of attempting to cover up a burglary that occurred at one of his properties in 2020 by not declaring it to the police or the tax authorities. The crooks made off with $580,000 in cash that had been concealed within the cushions of a couch.
An independent commission that was created by parliament and led by a former president of the Constitutional Court came to the conclusion last week that the president “may have done” conduct that was in violation of the law and the Constitution in connection with the case.
The study prepared the groundwork for the impeachment procedures that were to follow. The vote on whether to initiate the process is scheduled to take place in a special session of parliament on Tuesday, which is taking place ahead of the summer recess in the southern hemisphere. This is despite the fact that the ANC maintains a comfortable majority in parliament, despite the fact that there are strong divisions within it.
In addition, there is a criminal inquiry being conducted right now. At this point, criminal charges against the president have not been brought up. Before he made a U-turn over the weekend, Cyril Ramaphosa was very close to resigning as president of South Africa as a result of an ongoing scandal. Following several days of unpredictability, his spokesman stated that the president would make every effort to continue serving in his current capacity.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s future was the topic of discussion during a meeting that took place on Monday in Johannesburg among the leaders of the historic ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). The African National Congress (ANC) will hold a meeting on December 16 to choose its candidate for the presidency in 2024, if the party wins the parliamentary election, which is becoming less likely.
Since 1994, when it first won a majority in parliament, the African National Congress (ANC) has been South Africa’s dominant political party. Even though there is a lot of corruption and fighting within the ANC, it has been in charge of choosing the president of the country since democratic rule began.