If you’re hoping to see President Cyril Ramaphosa be summoned by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) to explain jaw-dropping remarks he allegedly made about the misuse of taxpayers’ money, don’t bet on that happening anytime soon.
Members of the parliamentary watchdog met on Wednesday, 16 February 2022 to discuss Ramaphosa’s response to the claims. Ramaphosa confirmed having replied in writing to the SCOPA last week, which had posed questions to him.
This stems from a leaked audio clip where a person believed to be the president can be heard admitting to knowing about public funds being used for the ANC’s affairs.
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ANC MPS SHIELD PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA
President Cyril Ramaphosa has managed to avoid SCOPA, for now that is – thanks to ANC MPs who voted against him being called to give his side of the story. In what some may label as a delaying tactic, the MPs have opted to wait until the president receives the final installment of the State Capture Commission’s report.
All ANC MPs in the committee voted against it, and all the opposition MPs, from the DA, EFF and ATM, voted in favour.
Ramaphosa’s office has only received two parts of the report, with the final installment due on his desk by the end of February. If the ANC is indeed serious about having the president account, then he will likely only appear before SCOPA in March.
How we got here: Suspended ANC MP Mervin Dirks had written to SCOPA, requesting that Ramaphosa be investigated, in light of what he says in the recording. It was at then decided that the president would be asked to give his side of the story. In the clip, first obtained by Daily News, Ramaphosa seemingly admits to knowing about public funds being used for the ANC’s leadership campaigns and can be heard saying he would rather fall on his sword over donations to his 2017 campaign for the ANC presidency – than have the public find out about the former.
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