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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo by Marco Longari / AFP.

‘The greatest enemy of constitutionalism and accountability’: Malema on Ramaphosa

Malema said Ramaphosa is celebrated as one of the architects of the Constitution which he is today accused of violating.

Ramaphosa Constitution

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo by Marco Longari / AFP.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of being the greatest enemy of the Constitution and accountability. 

Malema said this during the National Assembly debate on the Phala Phala Farm Report. 


As previously reported, an independent panel which was formed in line with Section 89 of the Constitution to investigate the theft of foreign currency at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in 2020. found that Ramaphosa violated the oath of his office and violated the Constitution. 

It is alleged that the President stashed thousands of rands in US dollars at his farm and instituted a private investigation after the money was stolen.

The panel found that there was prima facie evidence that the President violated his oath of office. “In all the circumstances, we think that the evidence presented to the Panel, prima facie, establishes that the President may be guilty of a serious violation of certain sections of the constitution,” read the report.

The National Assembly met on Tuesday, 13 December to debate the report and vote on whether or not it should be adopted. Even though chances are slim, given the ANC’s number of representatives in the National Assembly, should the report be adopted, Ramaphosa will face an impeachment inquiry.

Malema said they are disappointed in Ramaphosa as he is celebrated as one of the architects of the country’s world-renowned Constitution. 

The EFF leader said on 10 December 1993, Ramaphosa committed to South Africa and himself to abiding by the rule of law, and to protect and defend the Constitution that Mandela signed on the day. 

“Today, 26-years after you held Nelson Mandela’s hand and lifted our Constitution high into the air, you stand as the greatest enemy to constitutionalism and accountability. As a so-called architect of the Constitution you have resolved to take the Parliament of South Africa to court to avoid the constitutional obligation of accountability,” Malema said.

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