Former South African Chief Justice Sandile Ngcoba will lead an independent panel to recommend whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Cyril Ramaphosa following allegations that he covered up a burglary at his farm.

Ngcoba, Thokozile Masipa, a former judge of the Gauteng division of the High Court, and Richard Calland, an associate professor of public law at the University of Cape Town, were appointed members of the panel on Wednesday by Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nkakula, parliament said. statement.

The group will begin its work on a date to be determined after the completion of administrative processes, the parliament said in a statement.

The decision comes as Ramaphosa comes under pressure from opposition parties to back down over a burglary two years ago at a game farm he owns. He declined to answer questions from opposition lawmakers about the incident, in which the former head of national intelligence said $4 million was stolen.

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