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30 Nov 2022

IN SUMMARY 

The independent panel probing the Phala Phala matter has handed over its investigative report to Parliament. On Wednesday, National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula received the much-awaited report. Mapisa-Nqakula said the panel’s work marks one of the indicative milestones in South Africa’s maturing constitutional democracy.

The Phala Phala saga became a burning issue in June, after the former director-general of the State Security Agency, Arthur Fraser, opened a kidnapping and money laundering case against Ramaphosa, the head of the Presidential Protection Unit, Major-General Wally Rhoode, and Crime Intelligence members.

Fraser said they had allegedly concealed a burglary at Ramaphosa's Phala Phala farm in February 2020. Ramaphosa has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Mapisa-Nqakula appointed the Section 89 inquiry panel following a motion by ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula for Ramaphosa's removal on the grounds of "a serious violation of the Constitution or the law and serious misconduct".

The panel was scheduled to complete its work earlier this month, but Mapisa-Nqakula extended the deadline to Wednesday. The panel probed whether Ramaphosa violated Section 96 (2)(a), read with Section 83 (b) of the Constitution. And if he violated Section 34(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004. 

- Jason Felix 

30 Nov 2022

The press conference has come to an end.


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Mapisa-Nqakula says the National Assembly will have the final say on the report. Secretary to Parliament Xolile George says the panel had an estimated budget of R5.3 million. This included logistics and allowances.

- Jason Felix 

30 Nov 2022

Judge Sandile Ncgobo responds to queries from journalists in Parliament. 

(Photo: Screenshot) 

<p>Judge Sandile Ncgobo responds to queries from journalists in Parliament.&nbsp;</p><p><em>(Photo: Screenshot)&nbsp;</em></p>

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Ngcobo says that the rules required them to look at all the information presented to the panel.

"The research that was required was limited, and most of it was done by ourselves. The gist of the research was conducted by ourselves. We required extra time, because when the clock started ticking, we still had to go through information submitted. We were given the information well before hand, we already had a good sense of things. The ATM, UDM, and EFF gave us the information."

- Jason Felix

30 Nov 2022

Mapisa-Nqakula and the panel are now taking questions.

- Jason Felix

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The report will be tabled in the announcements, tablings, and committee (ATC) reports document. All reports appearing in the ATC are considered in the National Assembly.

- Jason Felix

30 Nov 2022

Mapisa-Nqakula says the involvement of political parties, in establishing the independent panel, showed that there was no bias.

- Jason Felix

30 Nov 2022

Mapisa-Nqakula takes the podium. She says the independent report is indicative of SA's maturing democracy.

- Jason Felix

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The panel's report consists of three volumes, Ngcobo says.

"Our job was to interrogate the information the National Assembly members saw fit to present [to] us. That was the rules made by the National Assembly, and we could not go beyond that."

- Jason Felix

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The report consists of three volumes. Volume 1 is the report itself. Volumes 2 and 3 are the record all the documents relied on.

- Qaanitah Hunter 

30 Nov 2022

Ngcobo thanks political parties and President Cyril Ramaphosa for submitting information to investigate the Phala Phala matter. Ngcobo says it was the volume of information that led to the panel needing more time to complete its probe.

- Jason Felix

30 Nov 2022

COMMENT

This is a very important moment for President Cyril Ramaphosa; it will be the first time that a judicial inquiry pronounce on the merits of the Phala Phala scandal, in which he is accused of covering up the theft of thousands of dollars from his private game farm in Bela Bela. Ramaphosa's opponents are using the saga to discredit him ahead of the ANC's elective conference in December. The finding of former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo's panel will deeply influence the narrative of the fallout about the Phala Phala burglery and Ramaphosa's complicity - or not. 

- Adriaan Basson

30 Nov 2022

Ngcobo thanks National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for granting the panel an extension. Ngcobo also thanks his fellow panel members.

- Jason Felix 

30 Nov 2022

The briefing has started. Leading proceedings is Judge Sandile Ncgobo, who led the panel.

(Photo: Jason Felix/News24)

<p>The briefing has started. Leading proceedings is Judge Sandile Ncgobo, who led the panel.</p><p><em>(Photo: Jason Felix/News24)</em></p>

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National Assembly Speaker has just arrived. Closely behind her are EFF MPs.

- Jason Felix 

30 Nov 2022

The Section 89 inquiry panel will hand over its much-awaited report into the Phala Phala matter to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Wednesday. Several high ranking oficials and MPs are eagerly waiting for the press conference to start.

The panel probed whether Ramaphosa violated sections of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004.

Judge Sandile Ncgobo, who chaired the panel, has also arrived.

Follow proceedings from Parliament live.

- Jason Felix

30 Nov 2022

Phala Phala: Steenhuisen believes Ramaphosa will escape case for impeachment, slams Mapisa-Nqakula

In the absence of several investigative reports into the Phala Phala matter, it is highly unlikely that the parliamentary panel probing the matter will find any prima facie evidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa."I think there is a very good reason why the [National Assembly] Speaker [Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula] refused the ad-hoc committee.

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30 Nov 2022

No worries: Ramaphosa chairs Cabinet meeting, as Parliament prepares to receive Phala Phala report

It will be business as usual for President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday when he chairs an ordinary Cabinet meeting in Cape Town, while, at the same time, a report that can lead to his impeachment will be handed over to Parliament.On Wednesday morning, the Section 89 inquiry panel will hand over its much-awaited report into the Phala Phala matter to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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