By Ntombi Mhlongo
South African President is set to have a turbulent week following revelations that there is no paper trail of the dollars found at his Phala Phala farm.
The bombshell was dropped by the Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen on Monday when he revealed that the South African Revenue Services can’t track the declaration for the dollars.
The revelations come just hours before Ramaphosa is set to announce a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday evening. Opposition parties are now gunning for him.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said the confirmation by SARS shows that these are funds which were illicitly brought into South Africa and given to Ramaphosa’s employee at the Phala Phala Farm.
In a statement issued and posted on its website, the party said the revelation by SARS is damning, in that it refutes the concocted lies of the Sudanese businessman Hazim Mustafa, who claimed on local and international news platforms that he declared the money he smuggled to Ramaphosa at the OR Tambo International Airport.
“SARS has today (Monday) confirmed that no such a declaration exists, exposing Mustafa as being part of an orchestrated attempt to mislead South Africa and bury the Phala Phala Farm scandal. It is now an undeniable fact that at least $580 000 Dollars were brought into South Africa illegally and were not declared to SARS or the South African Reserve Bank,” reads part of the statement.
The EFF said SARS’s confirmation of the non-existence of a declaration by Mustafa of the money which was given to Ramaphosa gives credence to the suspicions that he never declared the money.
According to the party, what the latest revelation means is that the President actively aided and participated in tax evasion which affirmed the Section 89 Independent Panel’s findings which found that he may have violated the Constitution of South Africa and sections of the
Executive Members Ethics Act.
“The EFF reiterates its call for the immediate resignation of Cyril Ramaphosa for having failed dismally to lead South Africa for being a certified Constitutional Delinquent,” the party said.
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Furthermore, it said that the Phala Phala farm scandal is the greatest violation of South Africa’s laws and undermining the economy of the country and is a contributing factor to the greylisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
South Africa was added to the FATF’s Grey list in February as it has been found wanting in terms of dealing with the flow of illicit funds and terrorism funding. Many have said what transpired at Ramaphosa’s farm solidified that decision.
The party threatened that if Ramaphosa does not resign, then the people of South Africa must stand up on March 20, 2023, and force him out of office.