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ATM party leader says the president misled his party regarding the Phala Phala saga

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The African Transformation Movement (ATM) is challenging the Western Cape High Court’s which upheld parliament’s decision to set aside the independent panel report into the theft at the President’s Phala Phala farm in 2020.

ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula says the party has approached the Supreme Court of appeals in a bid to have the report set aside.

The move comes a day after the Presidency announcement that President Cyril Ramaphosa won’t be challenging the section 89 phala phala report.

Yesterday Vincent Magwenya stated that, “the president has been advised that the panel report and all issues associated with it have become moot and they are of no practical and legal consequence because on December 13, 2022, the National Assembly decided to reject the motion to refer the panel report to an Impeachment Committee.”

In March the Constitutional Court threw out Ramaphosa’s application for direct access to the Apex court in a bid to have the report set aside.

The president survived an impeachment process when majority of parliamentarians voted against the adoption of the report In December last year.

Magwenya says Ramaphosa reserves his right to bring such proceedings in due course should circumstances change.

Meanwhile, ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula says an inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of the matter.
Last year, the independent panel, led by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, found that Ramaphosa had a case to answer to.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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