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South African President, Ramaphosa Fights Back

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to challenge a damning report to the South African parliament that accuses him of abuse of office, in the clearest sign yet that he aims to fight a scandal that has brought him to the brink of resigning.

“Our legal team is working on the review papers so they can be filed as speedily as possible,” the president’s spokesman told the Financial Times yesterday.

Ramaphosa is under pressure to step down after a panel led by a former chief justice told lawmakers this week that he may have been guilty of serious misconduct in the case of a 2020 theft of at least $580,000 that was hidden inside a sofa at his Phala Phala game farm.

Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to challenge a damning report to the South African parliament that accuses the president of abuse of office, in the clearest sign yet that he aims to fight a scandal that has brought him to the brink of resigning.

“Our legal team is working on the review papers so they can be filed as speedily as possible,” the president’s spokesman told the Financial Times yesterday.

Ramaphosa is under pressure to step down after a panel led by a former chief justice told lawmakers this week that he may have been guilty of serious misconduct in the case of a 2020 theft of at least $580,000 that was hidden inside a sofa at his Phala Phala game farm.

The panel’s findings had seriously damaged Ramaphosa’s reputation as a reformer who came to power in 2018 on a pledge to restore clean government after years of looting of the state under his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

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