National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she is “reflecting on the substantive issues raised” related to the $ 4 million robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Limpopo Farm.
This follows a request from the African Transformation Movement (ATM) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM), who wrote to the Speaker requesting it Parliament to set up an inquiry into the subject.
‘Business as usual’
During Thursday’s meeting of the National Assembly’s Registration Committee, Mapisa-Nqakula assured MEPs that she would look into the matter and announced that her decision on the parliamentary inquiry would be announced next week.
The Speaker also rejected ATM President Vuyo Zungula’s request that a question and answer session with Ramaphosa be scheduled before the end of this parliamentary term.
The president is expected to answer oral questions of the Deaths of August 30 and September 29. Its final session in Parliament took place on 17 March.
However, Zungula argued that “business as usual cannot”.
“We have a serious issue in our country where a president has made allegations against him, so it cannot be business as usual and Parliament cannot be viewed as indifferent to the issues raised around the head of state,” ” he said.
“As a Speaker it is not possible for us to let this go on as if it were not a serious issue. Before the end of the term, the president must come to Parliament and trust the nation for whatever he is accused of, ”Zungula told him.
Later, ANC chief shepherd Pemmy Majodina defended Ramaphosa.
“Zungula is saying that there are allegations, and now he wants us to call the president on the allegations that we are not going to make.
“That is not within the rules anywhere; on allegations, the case that is not with us, on a case that is open in a police station. On what basis should we call the president? “She said.
Meanwhile, there are Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Hlengwiwe Mkhaliphi asked what Parliament was doing about the allegations against Ramaphosa.
“What is the speaker doing about these serious allegations before the President? We cannot look at the rubber stamping of the Cabinet.
“We are here because of Parliament, which is designed to ensure that the Cabinet, the ministers, the executive are held to account, especially if there is a serious matter. [such] as this is the leading issue in the country, ”said Mkhaliphi.
The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DCPI), also known as the Hawks, has confirmed that it has received the slip into the robbery from the South African Police Service (South Africa Police Service).Sapaí).
Hawks spokesman Brigadier General Nomthandazo Mbambo said Newzroom Africa on Thursday that the criminal charges laid are under investigation.
“We as the Hawks can confirm that we have received the slip on money laundering charges as well as the reported kidnapping.
“At this point, we cannot say that the charges are against any particular person… we are only investigating the crime brought before us,” she said.
Mbambo said that despite the information about the robbery being before the public, the Hawks will only communicate who is liable for the crime upon completion of its investigation, which is at an early stage.
Because the case against Ramaphosa also concerns Namibian President Hage Geingob, who denied the allegationsMbambo said the Hawks will investigate anyone regardless of their status.
“We will be in touch with whoever can assist with this particular investigation. We follow where the investigation continues, ”she said.
She added that the hawks will not be in a hurry to complete this investigation due to the complexity of the case.
Office of the Public Defendant also confirmed on Wednesday that the ATM filed a complaint against Ramaphosa for allegedly violating the Executive Code of Ethics.
There would be the investigation and the report of the incident completed in 30 days.
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