Retired Chief Justice Ngcobo to Submit Ramaphosa Impeachment Report

Crucial South African Meeting On President Ramaphosa's Fate Postponed

Retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, chair of the three-member Section 89 panel, which has been deliberating on whether President Cyril Ramaphosa should face a parliamentary impeachment inquiry, will present its report tomorrow.

Parliament announced that the panel’s report will be submitted to the National Assembly Speaker at Parliament on Wednesday.

The Speaker said the assembly granted the panel more time, at Ngcobo’s request, to complete their work.

The independent panel was appointed by Parliament last month, and given 30 days, according to the House rules, to determine whether Ramaphosa should face impeachment.

This after a complaint by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) over the alleged cover-up of a robbery of US dollars from Ramaphosa’s Limpopo farm, Phala Phala, in February 2020.

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The National Assembly is set to consider the impeachment report at its final sitting of the year, on 6 December.

Already, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen said Ramaphosa has a case to answer on Phala Phala even if the Section 89 independent panel finds there’s no prima facie evidence.

Steenhuisen and the party’s parliamentary leadership were on Monday briefing the media on the party’s Parliament review for 2022.

Should the panel recommend no further action against Ramaphosa, Steenhuisen, said the party will push for an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter further.

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