July 13, 2024

JUST IN: Ramaphosa’s Bid To Challenge Phala Phala Report At ConCourt Dismissed

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The three-member panel found that Mr Ramaphosa may have a case to answer over claims of money laundering, kidnapping and corruption related to the robbery.

FILE PHOTO: President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Presidency Budget Vote Debate on June 10, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. The President responded to a debate on his budget vote that he tabled on June 09th. PICTURE: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

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JOHANNESBURG: Mr Ramaphosa will have to approach the high court to challenge the report’s adverse findings against him.

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has dismissed South Africa’s president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to seek direct access to challenge the findings of the scathing Section 89 Phala Phala report.

Mr Ramaphosa wanted direct access to the ConCourt to challenge the report’s findings, but the apex court ruled that “no case has been made out for exclusive jurisdiction or direct access”.

This means the president will have to approach the high court to challenge the report’s adverse findings against him.

“The Constitutional Court has considered the application brought by way of exclusive jurisdiction or, alternatively, by way of direct access and the application to intervene.

“It has concluded that no cases has been made out for exclusive jurisdiction or direct access and the main application must be dismissed. Consequently, the application to intervene falls to be dismissed. The court has decided not to award costs,” read the judgment from the ConCourt.

Parliamentary Section 89 Panel

An independent panel of experts, headed by the retired chief justice, Mr Sandile Ngcobo, was appointed by National Assembly Speaker, Mr Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula last year to determine whether Mr Ramaphosa has a case to answer over the theft of foreign currency at his Phala Phala game farm in Limpopo, in February 2020.

The three-member panel found that Mr Ramaphosa may have a case to answer over claims of money laundering, kidnapping and corruption related to the robbery.

The report, which could have led to parliamentary impeachment proceedings against Mr Ramaphosa, was overwhelmingly rejected by a majority of ANC MPs, who voted against its adoption.

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