Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is rumored to have claimed that he is conspiring with Arthur Fraser, a former head of the jail system, to overthrow President Cyril Ramaphosa. Former President Thabo Mbeki has refuted these charges.
Reportedly speaking during a briefing on the Phala Phala saga and steps to remove the president from office, which was held in Houghton earlier this week, Malema said that Fraser was working with Mbeki, who he said had an axe to grind over his early departure as president. The briefing was held in Houghton earlier this week.
In a statement that was published on the official Facebook page of the former president, he stated that he does not believe Malema's "scuttlebutt with the disdain it deserves."
According to him, Malema's assertions came "from the old apartheid apparatus," and he stated that the purpose of those assertions was "to deepen division within the ANC and to thwart efforts towards the organization's rebirth."
At the beginning of this year, Fraser made the announcement that he had filed formal charges against the president. The charges stem from the president's alleged cover-up of the theft of millions of undeclared US dollars that he had been stowing away at his Phala Phala farm. Fraser's charges stem from this alleged theft.
However, the president's administration maintains that "there is no substance for the charges of illegal conduct" despite the fact that the president has been unwilling to address inquiries regarding the incident.
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