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Ramaphosa ‘Farmgate’: What we know, what we don’t know and why you should care

Illustrative image | Sources: President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg via Getty Images) | pngtree | flyclipart

President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing what may be the most personally damaging moment of his presidency. A seemingly unreported 2020 theft of foreign currency cash from his game farm in Limpopo is coming back to haunt him. Even if it looks to be part of an orchestrated attempt to endanger his political future, he has some serious questions to answer. Here is everything we've uncovered so far this week, what we still don't know and why it's important.

Why Ramaphosa (apparently) kept mum about multimillion-dollar robbery at his farm

Hawks take over Ramaphosa forex heist case from President’s Praetorian Guard

Asked why the President did not immediately notify the public about the robbery after it was reported to the police, the source said he did not want to panic the country or the farming community.

By Ferial Haffajee

Ramaphosa’s stolen millions: the Namibian connection

The verdict in the court of public opinion may yet cost Ramaphosa dearly

In 2020, Namibian authorities identified suspects following a break-in at Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm, but sources allege South African intelligence back-channels were used to get the Namibians to let the matter go. Now Arthur Fraser’s criminal complaint puts the President on the spot: what did he do, what did he know and why the cover-up?

By Tileni Mongudhi, Sam Sole and Tebogo Tshwane for amaBhungane

Hawks take over Ramaphosa forex heist case from President’s Praetorian Guard

The Hawks have taken over the investigation of the multimillion-dollar burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Limpopo farm, as a damage control exercise gets under way. Meanwhile, Corruption Watch says the President should not be running a game farm as a business.

By Ferial Haffajee

Political parties push for probe into mysterious Ramaphosa game farm robbery

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Pressure from opposition parties is mounting for President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down after damning allegations made against him by former spy boss Arthur Fraser. The EFF is the latest party to hold a media conference about a robbery that took place at the President’s Phala Phala game farm two years ago.

By Queenin Masuabi

Mishandling of the Ramaphosa farm forex theft reflected in state accountability documents

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As more questions arise over the February 2020 forex cash theft at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala wildlife farm, it has emerged there is a serious omission of this in the SAPS annual report – thus compromising a key oversight and accountability tool.

By Marianne Merten

Unpacking the Cyril Ramaphosa home robbery story, and why you should care

President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing what may be the most personally damaging moment of his presidency. A seemingly unreported 2020 theft of cash from his Limpopo game farm is coming back to haunt him in a way that is clearly orchestrated to endanger his political future – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some serious issues at stake. We unpack the bizarre saga so far.

By Rebecca Davis

Ramaphosa’s red oryx and other prized game fetch big bucks

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The criminal case opened by former spy boss Arthur Fraser against President Cyril Ramaphosa has put the spotlight on prices paid for prized game in South Africa, including a rare variation of gemsbok – the red oryx.

By Onke Ngcuka

Ramaphosa robbery: The kryptonite that could badly hurt the President and the ANC

Ramaphosa robbery: A sordid mess turning SA political crisis white-hot 

With more information now coming into the public domain about how a large quantity of cash (US$) was stolen in early February 2020 from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s game farm Phala Phala, near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, and his failure to report this to the public, it is now realistically possible that this could weaken him in a very critical way and, in the process, significantly alter the course of our democracy. 

By Stephen Grootes

Ramaphosa and the Phala Phala buck bucks – Groundhog Day, brought to you by the ANC

Populist politics: A composite image of rands, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC flag

This drama that is playing out is just another ANC game being played using the state and political machinery as they skop, skiet and donner each other in a quest to occupy the top six positions in the party.

By Thamsanqa D Malinga

The Shakespearean tragedy of Cyril Ramaphosa

ramaphosa shakesperean tragedy

As the chess moves in the ANC gain in speed and complexity, and on the eve of the suspension of the ghoulish Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, at the dodgiest possible moment, it’s worth taking some time to reflect on the unusual life of President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose career has taken a turn for the ludicrous, and who will have to take more than pawns out if he hopes to survive.

By Richard Poplak

Hail to the thief, fail to the chief – rot sets into SA presidential security service

presidential security

With a history of embarrassing security breaches in what should be our nation’s most impenetrable homes, South Africans would be justified in asking: Where are the billions set aside for VIP Protection Services going?

By Victoria O’Regan



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  • And why should I care about any of this? All I see is a news media addicted to scandal instead of diligently reporting on the important stuff.

    Even at it’s most dire, this is truly a paltry sum that will not change the trajectory of the country. Compare this to the billions that the Zumites have stolen and have gotten away with it (so far). By all means let the law take its course, but the news media needs to get it’s priorities straight regarding what’s important to the country and its future.

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