- President Cyril Ramaphosa could soon face criminal charges after former State Security Agency head Arthur Fraser laid a criminal complaint against him
- Fraser alleges that Ramaphosa covered up a crime in which people were robbed and kidnapped at his Limpopo lodge in 2020
- Some South Africans think the criminal complaint against Ramaphosa was not a smart move, while others are wondering if Ramaphosa will step aside as ANC President
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service has confirmed that former spy boss Arthur Fraser laid a criminal complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, 1 June.
Fraser has accused the sitting president of money laundering, theft, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.
In a statement issued by Fraser, he claimed that the incident took place at Ramaphosa's Limpopo game reserve and there is video footage and other evidence that will verify that the occupants at the lodge were kidnapped in February 2020, reports News24.
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Fraser alleges that $4 million dollars (R62 million) was stolen and the occupants were kidnapped and interrogated.
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Fraser further alleged that Ramaphosa covered up the incident and concealed it from the police and the South African Revenue Service (SARS), and also paid the criminals to maintain their silence.
According to IOL, Fraser opened the case at the Rosebank Police Station in Johannesburg and has submitted photographs, bank accounts and names, along with video footage as evidence. Fraser also claimed that the criminals had been working with Ramaphosa's domestic worker.
South Africans react
South Africans are shocked about the allegations being made against the president. Some people think this is all a ploy by the ANC's RET faction and the charges will go nowhere. Others who are not supporters of Ramaphosa think more scandals will come up.
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Here are some comments:
"Once they start laying charges and being on steroids, you must know something is loading, RET forces are so predictable. A man of Fraser's qualifications must know better."
"Police still have to investigate the truthfulness of this criminal complaint it can't be a charge until the NPA decides to charge Cyril or how do you define a charge, haai, Twitter people."
"That's why Malema said RET gang are not really that smart, seriously Arthur Fraser was a spy boss, he really can't find anything to pin Ramaphosa with? Nothing in Glencore or any of his old deals? These charges are lame and pathetic for someone who led our intelligence "
"Manje when is @CyrilRamaphosa stepping aside in light of the criminal charges laid by Arthur Fraser. Any updates? @ramalokot"
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Briefly News previously reported that Arthur Fraser, the former National Commissioner of Correctional Services, has opposed Raymond Zondo's nomination to be the next Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court.
Fraser raised his objection to the nomination in a letter written to former judge, Navi Pillay, who currently chairs the panel that will be shortlisting candidates for President Cyril Ramaphosa to pick for the vacancy.
Fraser based his objection on Zondo's term as the chair of the State Capture Commission, highlighting that Zondo shows a lack of the necessary judicial independence.
Source: Briefly News