Scopa wants Ramaphosa to explain allegations of abuse of public funds

On Tuesday evening, MPs discussed a letter from suspended African National Congress (ANC) MP Mervyn Dirks who complained to the committee that President Cyril Ramaphosa had turned a blind eye to campaign finance corruption ANC elections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa answers oral questions from MPs in the National Assembly Hall of Parliament in Cape Town on November 25, 2021. Photo: @ParliamentofRSA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN — Parliament’s finance watchdog, Scopa, wants a written explanation from President Cyril Ramaphosa over allegations of misuse of public funds.

On Tuesday evening, MPs discussed a letter from suspended African National Congress (ANC) MP Mervyn Dirks who complained to the committee that Ramaphosa had turned a blind eye to campaign finance corruption in the ANC.

Parliamentary legal advisers told Scopa that while the committee’s mandate was not to examine the president’s conduct, there was nothing to prevent members from calling relevant government departments for questioning.

Councilors said issuing a summons was a last resort.

But Scopa chairman Mkhuleko Hlengwa said a written statement from Ramaphosa would help the committee a lot.

“A written submission by the chair allows the committee to properly schedule the hearings. It is therefore necessary that we receive either a statement, an explanation or an affidavit from the chair,” Hlengwa said.

While Dirks was replaced on the committee after his suspension, Scopa still allowed him to brief MPs on his letter.

He saw nothing wrong with what he had done.

“Article 48 of the Constitution obliges each of us, as members of the National Assembly, to affirm our fidelity to the republic and our obedience to the Constitution. My submission should not be considered as a betrayal of my party “, said Dirks.

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