Parliamentary debate on a devastating report that suggested South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa may have broken the constitution was scheduled to take place on Tuesday but has been postponed by a week.
According to the report, Ramaphosa reportedly concealed a theft from his farm. His spokesperson called the story “flawed” and stated he had rejected any misconduct.
The discussion will be held on December 13 in order to allow lawmakers to travel to Cape Town, where parliament is located, according to a decision made by the programming committee of the House of Representatives on Monday night.
Although the ruling ANC party has stated it would vote against any attempt to impeach President Ramaphosa, the debate over the report may determine whether or not to do so.
A court ruling stating that any actions made by parliament in response to the publishing of the report are unconstitutional and unlawful was requested by the president on Monday.
If approved, the order would be applicable to the parliamentary vote on whether to begin impeachment proceedings.
This is coming days after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesman said he will not resign over allegations that he kept large sums of cash on his property then covered up its theft.
“President Ramaphosa is not resigning based on a flawed report, neither is he stepping aside,” Vincent Magwenya said.
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