A report written by the acting Public Protector, Kholeka Gcaleka, which was leaked has cleared the President of breaching the Executive Ethics Code but Mbeki said that this does not mean that Ramaphosa was in the clear.
Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, said that with the country being greylisted, it will draw more attention to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala-Phala matter. Mbeki said this in an address at his School of Public and International Affairs where he also addressed urgent issues that the country is facing.
Despite this leaked report that clears the President from any wrong doing, Mbeki said that the decision is not final as Gcaleka still needed to hear the views from other political parties on the matter.
“People involved complaining about the matter, like the DA and the ATM… said that they will respond to the request of the public protector to make an input about our own views.
“They are in the process of working on the matter, and have said that when they receive these inputs from others, then they will prepare their final report.”
Mbeki said that claims of an individual buyer’s cash-purchase for buffalo worth R10 million from Ramphosa’s Limpopo farm spoke for itself.
“It’s strange, it’s odd that a successful businessperson who’s got that amount of money and can buy buffalos walks around with that amount of cash. It’s a strange concept.”