JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has approached the Constitutional Court in an effort to overturn Parliament’s decision to not adopt the Section 89 panel’s report into the Phala Phala farm burglary.
The report found there was a prima facie case that President Cyril Ramaphosa may have violated his oath of office in his actions regarding the burglary at his Limpopo game farm.
However, the report was not adopted by Parliament after the African National Congress (ANC) used its majority in the National Assembly to vote against it.
The EFF wants the court to declare the decision irrational and unlawful.
In their application to the apex court, the EFF says this is a matter grounded in principles of accountability and transparency as stated in the Constitution.
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The red berets believe the National Assembly failed in its constitutional duty of holding the executive accountable.
They argue that it’s unconstitutional for the ANC to use its majority in Parliament to shield Ramaphosa from investigation.
If the Section 89 report were adopted by Parliament, it would have been referred to the impeachment committee for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the South African Revenue Service, the South African Reserve Bank and the Office of the Public Protector have cleared Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing in their separate investigations into the Phala Phala farm burglary.