“Our assessment is that people love this president. He doesn’t want to do stupid things that make people regret. Because as you clear your name, you must also not be arrogant,” said NEC member and minister in the presidency Mondli Gungubele.
Ramaphosa has not yet given the ANC’s integrity commission his full response, despite presenting himself to the authority earlier this week. He has yet to proffer evidence to the ANC and law enforcement agencies that the stolen money was, indeed, the product of the sale of cattle stock, as he has asserted. He has insisted the sum stolen at his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in 2020 was far less than the alleged $4m (R65.9m).
The ANC’s treasurer general and acting secretary-general, Paul Mashatile, bought Ramaphosa some time. During a media briefing on Saturday from the conference venue at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, he said the internal process was incomplete and feedback was pending.
“We agreed the president was going to appear before the integrity commission. He went there voluntarily, they have not completed their discussions. Once they are, we will get a report,” Mashatile said.
“There are things that are worth their waiting. History will be the judge,” said Gungubele.
“I’ve publicly called for the president to step aside on the Phala Phala issue,” said NEC member Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who was previously mineral resources minister.