Parliament adopted the rules to guide the impeachment process back in 2018 following the Constitutional Court’s ruling related to the Nkandla saga. ATM was the first party to test this process.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) at City Hall in Cape Town on 10 February 2022. Photo: @PresidencyZA/Twitter
CAPE TOWN – In an unprecedented move for parliament, it has taken the first step in considering impeachment proceedings against the president.
The African Transformation Movement (ATM), whose movement set the ball rolling, said Parliament must be proactive in its oversight role.
It said other agencies had moved too slowly to identify wrongdoing on Cyril Ramaphosa’s part in the robbery of his farm in Limpopo more than two years ago.
Parliament adopted the rules to guide the impeachment process back in 2018 following the Constitutional Court’s ruling related to the Nkandla saga.
ATM was the first party to test this process.
He believes Ramaphosa broke the law on at least four occasions.
ATM chief Vuyo Zungula: “He confirmed that he sells livestock, while section 96b prohibits cabinet members from doing any other paid work.”
The speaker will have to appoint an independent panel to review the evidence and determine whether an investigation is necessary.
“We hope that there will be no further delays and we hope that this group will be independent and truly objective when it comes to doing their job,” Zungula said.
ATM said it is still considering who to appoint to the commission.
The three-member commission will have to make recommendations to the National Assembly on whether there are sufficient grounds to initiate an impeachment inquiry.