President Cyril Ramaphosa has been cleared of any wrongdoing regarding the theft of US dollars from his Phala Phala game farm scandal in Limpopo. Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka delivered her final report on the matter on Friday. 

But she found that the head of the South African Police Service presidential protection service General Wally Rhoode had acted improperly in investigating the crime.

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The report said the allegation that Ramaphosa had violated the Executive Ethics Code is not substantiated.

The investigators could also not find evidence showing that Ramaphosa was actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Ntaba Nyoni or Phala Phala farms. 

“The allegation that the president improperly and in violation of the provisions of the Executive Ethics Code exposed himself to any risk of a conflict between his constitutional duties and obligations and his private interests arising from or affected by his alleged paid work at Phala Phala farm is not substantiated,” said Gcaleka.

President Cyril Ramaphosa cleared of Phala Phala scandal
President Cyril Ramaphosa


The report was to investigate whether Ramaphosa violated the ethics code after the theft of millions of US dollars. The complaint was made by African Transformation Movement leader Vuyo Zungula. This is after a criminal complaint laid by former spy boss Arthur Fraser in June last year.

The money was allegedly from a sale of buffalos by Sudanese billionaire Mustafa Mohamed Ibrahim Hazim for $580 000.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) also cleared Ramaphosa and his companies Ntaba Nyoni Estate and Ntaba Nyoni Feedlot. It found that they were compliant with tax obligations.

Gcaleka concluded Ramaphosa followed the proper channels when he reported the robbery.