President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob are desperate to exonerate themselves from a 2020 robbery at his farm.
The two heads of state were implicated in the February 2020 incident at the $4 million in cash was stolen while hidden in furniture at Mr. Ramaphosa’s game farm in Limpopo province.
President Ramaphosa is accused of covering up the crime by not telling police about the incident his property is now known as “Farmgate”.
Five robbery suspects are said to have been tortured into confessing and paid to buy their silence.
Mr Geingob has since faced allegations of unlawful Detention denied. to torture the suspects who had fled to Namibia into confessing and extradite them to South Africa.
The Namibian President reacted angrily to the allegations, calling them “absurd and downright nonsensical.”
The former head of South Africa’s State Security Agency, Arthur Fraser, has since filed criminal charges against Mr Ramaphosa for money laundering, kidnapping and corruption.
Mr Ramaphosa explained the cash found at his phala phala farm and said the money was proceeds from the sale of animals.
The matter threatens to end his presidency with questions about why he didn’t put that much money in the bank.
Calls for his resignation grew louder, particularly from his political rivals.
“If I were to step aside, that would mean I was interfering in the police investigation process, huh I didn’t do it,” said Mr. Ramaphosa.
“It k there could be a suspicion that I would interfere with the police and others. We have said that we want the police to investigate every crime, against anyone, without fear or favor and on an impartial basis.
“If I were to say that this is why I am resigning, would it do so This is acknowledging that I have interfered in the investigative process, which I do not.
“That would mean that they cannot do their job on an independent basis and it destroys their trust , because they will always fear that they are not following things properly because so-and-so is involved. We need to free our authorities and assume they are acting as fairly as possible.”
EFF is cranking it up
While Mr Ramaphosa denies covering up the crime committed on his farm, did he do it Two years later, charges were laid in the robbery.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are leading the opposition parties in fomenting Mr Ramaphosa, calling him a “money launderer and criminal” while they interfering with the President’s budget speech last Thursday.
For this, EFF MPs were violently thrown out of Parliament and repeated the same action the following day during the debate on the budget speech. They were again forcibly removed from the House of Assembly.
They have vowed to continue harassing the President in a manner similar to that they did to his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.
The Political opponents of Mr Ramaphosa have joined opposition parties within his own African National Congress (ANC).
A criminal investigation would bar the President from reelection as ANC leader in December. The ruling party has a resolution preventing criminally accused members from contesting offices.
While Mr Ramaphosa is now fighting for his political life, his Namibian counterpart Mr Geingob has also denied helping in the extradition of the suspects .
“The slanderous allegations and allegations made against President Geingob are outrageous and deplorable,” he said.
“The allegations that President Geingob misused his office , aren’t you supporting President Ramaphosa.”
He says the “politically motivated” allegations were “taken out of context and motivated by malice or other ulterior motives.”
Mr Geingob also dismissed allegations that he had used his position to disregard diplomatic protocols regarding the extradition of wanted criminals in a case with no police file in South Africa.
For He rrn Ramaphosa was not ruled out the possibility of introducing a motion for impeachment against him in Parliament .