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Tags: South Africa | President | Theft Scandal

South African President Confronted in Parliament for 2nd Day

South African President Confronted in Parliament for 2nd Day

Friday, 10 June 2022 09:00 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempts to speak in Parliament were disrupted for a second day Friday as opposition lawmakers confronted him over allegations he tried to cover up the theft of cash from his game farm.

Lawmakers from the populist Economic Freedom Fighters, the second biggest opposition party in Parliament, were removed by security guards as they shouted that Ramaphosa should not be allowed to address the house.

They accused Ramaphosa of laundering money at his game farm and trying to hide it by not reporting the theft of a large amount of cash to the police.

The party is also demanding that Ramaphosa step down as president pending the investigations into the theft.

“The president of the republic, there are serious allegations against him, so he can’t come to the house to address us. He must step aside and allow the law to take its course,” protested EFF lawmaker Omphile Maotwe, interrupting Ramaphosa's attempts to speak.

Parliamentary proceedings descended into chaos for the second day running prompting the Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to order the removal of several lawmakers.

Ramaphosa has denied any wrongdoing, saying his farm got the money from selling animals and that he had reported the theft to his presidential protection unit.

Ramaphosa on Friday told lawmakers that the robbery was under investigation and that “the law must be able to take its course”.

“I have listened very carefully to the views of members of this house who have raised thoughts, suggestions and proposals on this matter," said Ramaphosa. “Some of the views have been to counsel me, and yet others have been laced with insults. I will not respond to insults, but will say that the counsel and suggestions that have been made raise points that I will consider.”

The scandal comes as Ramaphosa faces challenges from rivals within his party, the ruling African National Congress, ahead of his bid to be re-elected the party's president at its national conference in December.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's attempts to speak in Parliament were disrupted for a second day Friday as opposition lawmakers confronted him over allegations he tried to cover up the theft of cash from his game farm.Lawmakers from the populist Economic Freedom...
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