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This is Ramaphosa’s ‘pay back the money’ moment

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This is Ramaphosa’s ‘pay back the money’ moment

The ANC president’s detractors are more than likely going to use the step-aside rule to get him to drop the reins

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Cyril Ramaphosa should expect opponents within the ANC to mobilise feverishly for the party’s step-aside rule, introduced by him, to be used to get the president to step down as ANC leader because of allegations surrounding the break-in at his Limpopo farm.

The controversy is likely to become Ramaphosa’s biggest political fight since his election as ANC president in 2017 and unless he wins this battle, he may lose out on re-election at the party’s December national conference, as well as candidacy for president in the 2024 elections.

A criminal complaint was laid against Ramaphosa by former head of intelligence and correctional services Arthur Fraser. He alleges that millions of US dollars were stolen from the president’s farm in 2020 and that Ramaphosa did not report it or declare the foreign currency. He also claims the president used illegal means to recover it...

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