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    Phala Phala: Motsepe dragged amid scandal enveloping Ramaphosa

    The familial ties between President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe are under the microscope amid the Phala Phala scandal surrounding ‘uncle Cyril’.

    Really Democracy chairperson Srinivasan Naidoo and Nkosenhle Shezi opened two cases against the president at Durban Central police station at the weekend. The latter is a known Zuma supporter and the chairperson of the ANC radical economic transformation (RET) group.

    Suspicious dealings at Phala Phala farm

    In his affidavit, Naidoo claimed that the stud cow auction on 5 March at the Phala Phala game farm Ramaphosa owns in Limpopo was questionable.

    READ MORE: Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa used public funds to retrieve ‘dirty dollars’

    Elaborating, Naidoo told TimesLIVE that Motsepe, the president’s brother-in-law, played a starring role in Ramaphosa’s handsome takings on the day.

    Motsepe, whose African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) Limited donated R5.9 million to the ANC last year, reportedly bought four female cows for nearly R5 million. He paid a shade over R2 million for one belonging to Ramaphosa. Naidoo further claimed the sale was for favours. 

    “The price paid for the Ankole cattle, in this case, was high. It made no economic sense. They used the Phala Phala auction for bribe payments and kickbacks for favourable government contracts. Additionally, it was to ease regulations in the mining and banking sectors, where Motsepe is involved.” 

    Really Democracy chairperson Srinivasan Naidoo

    ‘They illegally interrogated the domestic worker’

    The Phala Phala farm hosted another auction on Saturday, where the highest bid was R1.65 million for an Ankole bull. Shezi, meanwhile, opened a gender-based violence case against Ramaphosa.

    Additionally, he laid complaints of assault and the illegal interrogation of a female domestic worker regarding the robbery at the Phala Phala farm in February 2020.

    Shezi alleged:

    “They illegally captured the domestic worker because they didn’t report the case to the SA police. The lady was kidnapped and assaulted. That is a travesty of justice that we cannot tolerate as citizens. Hence, we have logged a case with the police.”

    ANC RET chairperson Nkosenhle Shezi

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