The EFF say they will ask the DA as the biggest opposition party to table a motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa when Parliament sits on Tuesday, and if the DA cannot do so, they will.
EFF leader Julius Malema said this during a media conference on Monday as the ANC national executive committee (NEC) is deliberating Ramaphosa’s future following the release of an independent panel’s report, which concluded that the president may have a case of impeachment to answer after a theft of at least $580 000 (over R9 million) that was stashed in a sofa at his Phala Phala game farm in Limpopo.
Malema said that he was concerned that the SA Reserve Bank, the Public Protector and SA Revenue Service had not released their reports on the Phala Phala scandal.
The EFF leader described the panel’s report as “comprehensive and concise”.
Malema said that the ANC’s national working committee had decided that Ramaphosa must resign, but ANC parliamentarians must not vote for his impeachment to protect his benefits and perks as a former president.
He threw the gauntlet on the NEC and parliamentary members – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu and Supra Mahumapelo – to vote for Ramaphosa’s impeachment tomorrow (Tuesday). Malema said he was happy that Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had not granted a request for a secret ballot.
Malema has vouched for Deputy President David Mabuza to take over as president, claiming that fear was being stoked around his name because he was not captured by the Oppenheimers.
He said that Mabuza was a man of integrity as he refused to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament and deputy president when the ANC’s integrity commission questioned his eligibility following allegations of corruption.
"We are told that we must be scared of the man. The fearmongering we are experiencing is because DD is not captured by the establishment. If Ramaphosa is clean, why did he appoint DD as a deputy president?" Malema said.
Malema said that ANC veteran Mathews Phosa must refrain from defending Ramaphosa’s crime because he did not like Mabuza. Mabuza is Phosa’s protégé, and the latter appointed Mabuza into his cabinet when he was Mpumalanga's premier in the late 1990s.
They later had a serious fall-out. Mabuza dragged Phosa to court and sued him for defamation of character after Phosa sent a purported intelligence report to ANC officials, which claimed that Mabuza was an apartheid spy. Phosa won the case.