DA’s John Steenhuisen asks FBI to investigate Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm saga

DA’s John Steenhuisen Wants the FBI to Investigate Cyril Ramaphosa After $4 Million Was Stolen from His Farm.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is increasing political pressure on Cyril Ramaphosa by asking the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to look into the president’s possible involvement in money laundering.

The Democratic Alliance leader John Steehuisen says the political organization has approached the FBI to investigate the allegation that President Cyril Ramaphosa had $4 million (R62 million) in cash stolen on his Phala Phala farm in 2020.

Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo was broken into in February 2020, and the DA wrote to the US agency on Monday requesting that it look into the incident.

He said the FBI had the legal authority to track the use of US currency, and the party hoped it would probe Ramaphosa. 

 

“Specifically, we have requested that the FBI considers investigating the source of the funds and whether the money was brought into South Africa legitimately and declared to the appropriate authorities,”

Steenhuisen said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday. 

“We have recommended that the ledgers or journals, which would have recorded the alleged sale of wild game at auction, be requested from the president to determine the identities of those involved in the suspicious cash transactions. 

“A cash transaction within South Africa involving $4 million is deeply suspicious, and more so since the cash was then hidden in furniture, and its theft investigated off-the-record and covered up.”

 

Steenhusien explained that the party wants the FBI to specifically trace back the source of the funds and whether the money was brought into South Africa legitimately.

Steenhuisen said it was also worth investigating whether Ramaphosa had breached his oath of office by undertaking “paid work in running the farm for profits”. 

Ramaphosa’s decision to remain silent about the theft of his farm may have been sound legal advice, however, it is also terrible political advice because he took an oath to South Africans at the Union Buildings. The DA leader added that the president needs to take the country into his confidence and divulge the details of the farm theft.

The DA cautioned against the matter being handled with sensitivity, saying Ramaphosa ought to be treated like former president Jacob Zuma during his Nkandla saga.  

“Like we persuaded Mr Zuma, like people within the ANC persuaded Mr Zuma, like parliament persuaded Mr Zuma, we need to make sure pressure is kept up.”

He said

In order to ensure that the president is held accountable, the opposition party declared certain measures it will take.