On Tuesday, 30 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa once again refused to answer Parliamentary questions regarding the theft at the Phala Phala farm in Limpopo.
President says investigations into the robbery are ongoing
Ramaphosa stated that there was an investigation process ongoing and that is why he would not be providing details on what transpired. This response seemingly outraged the opposition parties in the National Assembly.
Many agreed that the president did not provide any sound legal reason for not answering the questions posed. Ramaphosa stated that he had been both counselled and advised that it was best to answer questions and address the matter after the investigation processes were concluded, reports EWN.
Opposition parties respond to the president
The DA’s Siviwe Gwarube noted that the President and his office had the questions for two weeks. Siviwe stated that if the questions were ill-suited they should have been removed from the question paper.
Economic Freedom Fighters
The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu noted that there was no law in place that permits the president to avoid answering the questions.
“There’s no law that permits him to avoid this question,”said Shivambu.
United Democratic Movement
The UDM’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said the president’s explanation for not answering was ‘ludicrous’.
“Saying ‘I’m not going to answer’, is not an answer. It’s ludicrous to accept that as an explanation” said Kwankwa.
WATCH: MPs outraged by Ramaphosa’s silence over Phala Phala
Previously, it was reported that Proceedings in the National Assembly descended into chaos as Parliamentarians fiercely demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa give answers about the robbery on his Phala Phala farm.
Ramaphosa appeared virtually before Parliament on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, to shed light on several issues raised by MPs, chief among them being the robbery and his secret cash stash.
EFF Deputy president Floyd Shivambu asked President Cyril Ramaphosa about the farm robbery and some of the details surrounding it. But Ramaphosa stayed mum, telling Shivambu that the relevant law enforcement agencies were still investigating the matter. Read the full story here.