- The EFF has announced it will be challenging the ruling on Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report implicating the president
- The party insists that the ruling placed Cyril Ramaphos above the law that all South Africans are governed by
- This comes after the Red Berets showed their solidarity with the embattled Public Protector
The Economic Freedom Fighters will be challenging the Gauteng High Court ruling against Busisiwe Mkhwebane over her report implicating President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In a statement responding to the ruling that saw the report declared unlawful and set aside, the party commented:
"The EFF categorically rejects the ruling of the Gauteng North High Court which has absolved Ramaphosa from accountability as per the rules of Parliament and the Constitution. We shall therefore appeal the ruling with the Constitutional Court."
The party further rejected the 'logic' that Ramaphosa had not personally benefited from the funds donated to his CR17 campaign; the EFF questioned:
"How is it that MPs are expected to declare simple items costing a few thousand in Rands, yet a man who received billions in funding from key and powerful business individuals in the country to become president of the ruling party does not have to declare? How is it that a court of law can logically say such a person did not benefit personally when the billions worked to campaign for him to become a president in his personal capacity?"
The Red Berets further claim the ruling has rendered the oath taken by MPs as 'futile' and that the court had played a role in 'weakening Parliament':
"From here on, no one, from members of the executive to state bureaucrats who come to account to Parliament, will ever respect the principle to not lie under oath. They will no longer fear Parliament or respect the things they say in its sittings."
The party further claims the ruling exposed how the law that applies to citizens doesn't apply to Ramaphosa, explaining that:
"Absolving him means that there are laws for the rest of South Africans and laws for Ramaphosa. It is a direct violation of the foundation of our Constitutional order: Equality before the law. Equality before the law means Ramaphosa must be subjected to the same scrutiny that Zuma and many others faced when they violated the Constitution, laws and rules of Parliament."
Briefly.co.za reported that both EFF leader Julius Malema and former spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had voiced support for the Public Protector.
Both are adamant that they will not allow for Busisiwe Mkhwebane's removal 'without a fight'.
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