SA President has Cyril Ramaphosa provided a written submission to the National Assembly‘s independent panel regarding the phala phala probe.

The panel needs to provide a recommendation to the House on whether it should have an inquiry into Phala Phala.

Ramaphosa has told a panel, led by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, that he is innocent of charges that he violated the Constitution and his oath of office in his Phala Phala dealings.

The Presidency said on Monday morning that Ramaphosa had delivered his submissions on Sunday – the panel’s deadline.

“The president’s submission affirms his committed cooperation with due process,” read the statement from presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA DENIES ALLEGATIONS

“President Ramaphosa has always made certain that throughout his tenure as president, he abides by his oath of office. Sets an example in his respect for the Constitution, its institutions, due process and the rule of law. President Ramaphosa categorically denies that he violated this oath in any way. He denies that he is guilty of any of the allegations made against him,” Magwenya added.

Ngcobo chairs the panel, which also includes advocate Mahlape Sello SC and former judge Thokozile Masipa.

They have until the end of November to decide whether Ramaphosa has an impeachable case to answer.

WAY FORWARD ON PHALA PHALA PANEL

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appointed the Section 89 inquiry panel following a motion by ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula for Ramaphosa’s removal on the grounds of “a serious violation of the Constitution or the law and serious misconduct”.

Political parties represented in Parliament also had the opportunity to make submissions to the panel. For the next 10 days, the panel will consider the submissions.

The Phala Phala saga became a burning issue in June. This is after former director-general of the State Security Agency (SSA) and former correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser opened a kidnapping and money laundering case against Ramaphosa.

Fraser stated that they had allegedly concealed a burglary at Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in February 2020.

According to Fraser’s affidavit, Ramaphosa had at least $4 million in cash stashed in a couch on the game farm. He also claimed that Ramaphosa played a part in covering it up, following an alleged illegal investigation.