Firing Dirks ‘could backfire’ for Ramaphosa

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Pietermaritzburg-based MP Mervyn Dirks.
Pietermaritzburg-based MP Mervyn Dirks.

It will be difficult for the ANC to fire its Pietermaritzburg MP, Mervyn Dirks, given that his complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa raises an important issue.

This is according to Professor Susan Booysen, the director of Research at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra).

In a letter to Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Dirks claimed that Ramaphosa was aware of, but failed to report to the Zondo Commission, allegations that state funds were used in the ANC internal elections campaign during the build-up to the 2017 ruling party elective conference.

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