Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly urged South Africans to vote for the ANC, saying it’s the only party that can resolve the country’s challenges.
Ramaphosa said this on Saturday in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal where he kicked off his campaign for the 2024 national elections.
“Even those who are not here, make sure they support and vote for the ANC. We must make sure that here in KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC continues being in government — at national level too, because we want the ANC back in government. Only the ANC can resolve your challenges,” Times Live quoted him as saying.
KZN loves president Ramaphosa ✊ https://t.co/aCHQhQNEfW
— Bram Hanekom (@bram_hanekom) March 11, 2023
Ramaphosa assured residents their cries were not falling on deaf ears, the report said.
Daily Sun said the president arrived in KZN in a “friendly mood” after the Public Protector cleared him of wrongdoing in the Phala Phala saga.
In an almost 200-page preliminary report, Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka said her investigations found that Ramaphosa did not contravene the Executive Ethics code.
Gcaleka found that there was no proof that Ramaphosa was actively involved in the running of the farm.
“The allegation that the President improperly and in violation of the provisions of the Executive Ethics Code exposed himself to any risk of a conflict between his constitutional duties and obligations and his private interests arising from or affected by his alleged paid work in Phala farm is not substantiated,” Eye Witness News quoted Gcaleka as saying in the report.
In the assessment of the evidence, the Public Protector’s office said most of the complaints before it were based on the criminal complaint by former spy-boss Arthur Fraser, who first blew the lid on the scandal in June 2022, the report said.
Fraser alleged that Ramaphosa had concealed the theft of several million dollars from his farm in 2020.
He accused the president of having the burglars kidnapped and bribed into silence instead of reporting the matter to the authorities.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu