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ANC to challenge ATM’s appeal on Phala Phala saga

todayMay 31, 2023 17

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The African National Congress (ANC) says it will be opposing the African Transformation Movement (ATM)’s application to overturn the Western Cape High Court ruling on the president’s Phala Phala matter.

ATM approached the appeals court in a bid to overturn the ruling which upheld parliament’s decision to set aside the independent panel report into the theft that happened on the President’s farm in 2020.

They claim that the president misled the country on the farm matter and that the ANC is using its majority in parliament to shield Ramaphosa from accountability.

An independent panel led by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo found that President Cyril Ramaphosa may have a case to answer and abused his powers as a head of state in relation to the multi-million dollar farm theft.

The damning section 89 report also found that there was a deliberate intention not to investigate the commission of the crimes committed at Phala Phala openly.

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

ATM president Vuyolwethu Zungula says the decision taken by the National Assembly not to scrutinize the actions of the president.

He says that the decision was invalid and inconsistent with the Constitution.

The ATM’s court challenge came parallel with the president’s decision to no longer challenge the section 89 Phala Phala report.

He says he doesn’t believe that the section 89 report carries no weight in law.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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