While attending the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) conference in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa skipped an appearance before the African National Congress NEC ethics body to address the Phala Phala controversy.
The NEC allegedly informed members in a brief report received yesterday that Ramaphosa would not be able to attend the meeting but will do so as soon as possible.
According to a National Economic Council insider, "We did not really discuss it at length because the NEC agreed that the president has to appear as a matter of urgency." An insider claims that the president's absence at the Sacu summit would have serious consequences.
For this reason, he was required to travel to Botswana to attend the Sacu conference. We have to rush off to a meeting, so he is being really insistent about getting ready. It's hardly surprising that he's seeking re-election, and he'll almost certainly be successful.
ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed Ramaphosa's absence.
Mabe stated the integrity commission had to reschedule their meeting due to problems in schedules.
Officials at the ANC integrity commission have stated that they will report back to the highest levels of the governing body once all internal procedures have been exhausted.
That's the most recent data that's been made available to us. His word to the ANC leadership that he would testify at their request stands.
An insider who supports Ramaphosa claims that those calling for the president's resignation are fighting for their own survival since a second term for Ramaphosa would be devastating.
Ramaphosa is accused by former intelligence chief Arthur Fraser of covering up the theft of $4m (approximately R65m) from his farm on February 9, 2020, and of bribing the criminals to remain quiet.
This has led to calls for Ramaphosa's resignation as ANC president, despite there still being five months until a replacement is selected.
You wouldn't have expected them to roll over and allow us win a second term, but that's exactly what they're preparing. Considering how weak the forces of RET (radical economic transformation) today are, it's possible that this will be the last of them. Many, according to the source, have "jumped to Paul [Mashatile] or whoever is going to be a third way."
An source stated that Ramaphosa has been suspicious of Fraser's intentions since 2020, when he tried and failed to have a secret audience with the president.
Not at all, that's not going to startle us. We're not shocked to learn that Arthur has been trying to get in touch with him since 2020.
According to the public protector's office, President Ramaphosa was allowed further time this week to respond to the Phala Phala claims.
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