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South Africa’s main opposition party asks the FBI to investigate Ramaphosa

The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s second-largest political party, said on Tuesday it had written to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate President Cyril Ramphosa for alleged money laundering.

“Specifically, we have asked the FBI to consider investigating the source of the funds and determining whether the funds were brought into South Africa legitimately and reported to the appropriate authorities,” said John Steenhuisen, Chief of the left.

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It comes after former State Security Agency boss Arthur Fraser opened a criminal case against the president accusing him of corruption, money laundering and kidnapping, claiming that Ramaphosa covered up a robbery in which millions of dollars were stolen from his Phala Phala farm in February 2020.

“We recommended that any ledgers or logs that would have recorded the alleged sale of wild game at auction be requested from the President, in order to determine the identity of those involved in the suspicious cash transactions,” Steenhuisen added.

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“A cash transaction in South Africa involving $4 million is deeply suspicious, especially as the money was later hidden in furniture and its theft was confidentially investigated and been covered up,” he said.

President Ramaphosa, however, refuted these claims, but confirmed that a robbery took place at the President’s farm in Limpopo on or around February 9, 2020, during which game proceeds were stolen, and that the incident had been reported to the Head of the South African Police Service Presidential Protective Unit for investigation.

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Besides the FBI, the DA said it wrote to several other agencies to investigate the matter.

Other political parties in the country have also called on state agencies to act quickly and investigate the case. Few have even called on the president to step down from office until the matter is investigated.

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