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Parliament launches process to justify impeachment against Ramaphosa

Political parties will have to nominate prominent South Africans to consider evidence warranting an impeachment inquiry.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s 6th National Policy Conference. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN — Parliament will launch a process that could lead to an impeachment inquiry against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This follows repeated attempts by the Movement for African Transformation to get President Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula to accept his motion that Ramaphosa face Parliament over the Phala Phala Farm saga.

Political parties will have to nominate prominent South Africans to consider evidence warranting an impeachment inquiry.

After initially denying ATM chief Vuyo Zungula’s request for Ramaphosa to face an investigation under Article 89, Mapisa-Nqakula said his amended request met the requirements.

According to the rules of the National Assembly, Mapisa-Nqakula will have to submit the supporting documents to a group of independent experts.

“A referral to a panel therefore does not constitute a parliamentary impeachment process, but an assessment of the evidence provided by legal and constitutional experts to determine whether, under the Constitution, it is sufficient to warrant a new process,” said the parliamentary spokesman. Moloto Mothapo.

The panel shall consist of three fit and suitable, competent and experienced South Africans, which may include a judge.

“The function of the Independent Panel is to make a preliminary assessment of the proposed motion and, in doing so, must under Rule 129G make a recommendation to the President within 30 days, if there is sufficient evidence to show that the President has committed any of the violations specified in the petition.”

Political parties will have until September 1 to nominate candidates to sit on the panel.



Parliament launches process to justify impeachment against Ramaphosa

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