Phala Phala Report: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Proposed Family Meeting Sparks Speculations

Phala Phala Report: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Proposed Family Meeting Sparks Speculations

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation regarding the Phala Phala saga on Thursday, 1 December
  • The family meeting comes a day after Parliament’s Section 89 panel released its report into the theft at the Limpopo farm
  • Politicians called for the president to step aside, and citizens are speculating that he may announce his resignation

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CAPE TOWN - South Africans are eager to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa’s family meeting on Thursday, 1 December, will entail.

Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Thursday, 1 December. Image: Ruvan Boshoff
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The president is expected to address the Phala Phala scandal and the allegations against him. The address is to determine a way forward following the claims against Ramaphosa.

The family meeting comes a day after Parliament’s Section 89 panel released its report into the theft of foreign currency at Ramaphosa’s farm in Limpopo in 2020. The panel was appointed to probe the claims made against the president.

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According to The Citizen, the report suggested that Ramaphosa may have committed serious violations against the constitution and the country’s anti-corruption laws. The president has maintained his innocence since the allegations were levelled against him earlier this year.

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Citizens are speculating over the meeting, with some convinced that Ramaphosa will resign from office. This is what some are saying:

@DanieLouw6 said:

“So much hype, I personally think in my opinion, South Africa needs President Cyril Ramaphosa more now than before. Stand tall stand strong.”

@AfrikaMzulu commented:

“He must release a statement if he’s not going to resign. He must not waste our time, please.”

@RyanJohnson_007 added:

“The report is nonsense, if you look at who was on the panel Mahlape Sello you would know immediately that it won’t stand a review.”

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Meanwhile, IOL reported that there had been numerous calls from political parties for the president to step aside.

Phala: National Council of Provinces cancels Q&A with Ramaphosa as president focuses on panel report

Briefly News also reported that President Ramaphosa’s other engagements have reached a standstill in the aftermath of the Phala Phala report. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was forced to cancel its question-and-answer session with Ramaphosa, scheduled for Thursday, 1 December.

The NCOP chief whip Sieso Mahai told delegates that President Ramaphosa asked to postpone the session so he could focus his attention on the Phala Phala report released by the Section 89 committee investigating the saga.

Speaking on Section 89 independent panel process, Mohai said this has been unprecedented in the life of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

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Bianca Lalbahadur Bianca Lalbahadur is a current affairs journalist at Briefly News. With a knack for writing hard-hitting content, she is dedicated to being the eyes and ears of South Africans. As a young and vibrant journalist, Bianca is passionate about providing quality and factual stories that impact citizens. She graduated from the Independent Institute of Education in 2017 and has worked at several award-winning Caxton associated community newspapers.