JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to step aside following allegations that he concealed a crime from the police.
EFF leader Julius Malema cast doubt on the ability of local law enforcement institutions to investigate Ramaphosa while he remained in office.
During a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Malema challenged Ramaphosa to emulate former health minister Zweli Mkhize by stepping away from public office until serious allegations against him have been dealt with.
Party leader Julius Malema threatened to disrupt Ramaphosa’s tenure if he refused to step aside.
Malema said they believe allegations by former correctional services boss, Arthur Fraser that Ramaphosa kidnapped and later paid off suspects who stole foreign currency at his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo amounting to millions of rand back in February 2020.
Ramaphosa has denied any wrongdoing.
Malema challenged the president to take a leave of absence – saying this would allow an objective investigation into the alleged crime.
[WATCH]: CIC @Julius_S_Malema says the EFF is not shocked by the revelations that there was a burglary and theft Ramaphosa’s Farm, and that R60 million was stolen. Cyril Ramaphosa owns game farming parties that are used for illicit financial flows, particularly, money laundering. pic.twitter.com/Igq70WcqhU— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 7, 2022
CIC @Julius_S_Malema says the EFF is concerned with the collaboration between Ramaphosa and the President of Namibia, Heige Geingob, which saw Ramaphosa unleash his personal thugs to track down suspects in Namibia, after the robbery on his farm, with the aid of the Namibian Pres. pic.twitter.com/PA2QElYFOz— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 7, 2022
If Ramaphosa refuses to step aside to allow an open and transparent investigation to take place, the EFF will then mobilise many sectors of the society to stop recognising him as the President of the Republic and will not permit him to perform any presidential functions".
So far, Malema said, Ramaphosa’s explanations do not make sense adding that only a free and fair investigation would bring closure to the matter.
Malema said any investigation against Ramaphosa while he remained in office would lack credibility.
He said investigating officers were likely to fear the impact of looking into the alleged criminality of a sitting president on their careers.
“The EFF does not have confidence that the Financial Intelligence Centre, the Directorate of Priority Crime, SARS and the South African Reserve Bank will investigate the prima facie evidence presented by former head of State Security Agency, Arthur Fraser.”
Malema said they had, however, submitted parliamentary questions to the president on his Phala Phala farm and they would campaign for Ramaphosa to answer truthfully when the matter would be dealt with in the National Assembly.