SA President Cyril Ramaphosa Refuses To Step Aside
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is committed to fighting corruption after former spy chief Arthur Fraser accused him of kidnapping and bribery in a case he has registered with the police.
Some political commentators have urged Ramaphosa to respect South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC)’s “step aside rule”.
The “step aside rule” stipulates that ANC all members charged with corruption or other serious crimes must vacate their posts within 30 days or face suspension.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Saturday, Ramaphosa said that due process should be allowed to take its course. Reads the statement:
President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledges that while there is much public interest and concern about claims made in a criminal complaint against him, he remains firmly focused on the task of rebuilding the economy and the country.
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The President reaffirms that he was not involved in any criminal conduct, and once again pledges his full cooperation with any police investigation.
He confirms that following the incident in February 2020, security has been improved around his homes.
Due to the possible investigation, The Presidency will not be in a position to engage further on the detail of the matters, and urges that due process be allowed to take its course.
The President affirms his commitment to fighting corruption and professionalising law enforcement agencies to better serve and respond to public needs.
He looks forward to The Presidency Budget Vote speech, which will be an opportunity for him to update the nation on the key priorities he outlined in his State of the Nation Address.