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Burglars stole $600,000 from Cyril Ramaphosa’s game farm Phala Phala, says report

Burglars stole $600,000 from Cyril Ramaphosa’s game farm Phala Phala, says report
Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's president, during a Bloomberg Television interview at the South Africa Investment Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Image: Bloomberg

Burglars took $600,000 in cash from a game farm owned by President Cyril Ramaphosa, far less than the amount that had been previously speculated to have been stolen, News24 reported, without saying where it got the information.

The money was the proceeds from the sale of a buffalo to an unidentified buyer from Dubai, the news website said. The cash had been stored in a cupboard, it said.

Ramaphosa’s Farmgate scandal – a timeline of what we know (and don’t know) so far

Former spy chief Arthur Fraser laid charges against Ramaphosa in June alleging that the theft of more than $4-million that was hidden inside furniture at the game farm had not been properly reported. Ramaphosa has refused to answer any questions about the incident, including those posed to him by lawmakers, though he has submitted responses to the nation’s graft ombudsman that haven’t been made public.

Fraser’s allegations had raised speculation that Ramaphosa may have breached South Africa’s foreign currency and tax laws.

Ramaphosa’s spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, said by text message that while he couldn’t confirm the amount cited by News24, his office has “always said the amount given by Fraser is exaggerated”.

 

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The mobile phone of Hendrik von Wielligh, Ramaphosa’s farm manager who News24 said received the $600,000, was switched off when Bloomberg called. DM/BLOOMBERG

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  • Malcolm Mitchell says:

    Looks as if a lot of biased RET politicians and self styled journalists are going to have “egg on their faces”

  • James Francis says:

    I still ask: who cares? Or rather, why is this so important but illegal strikers bringing down Eskom is already a past news story? You guys are just adding to the ANC’s convoluted battles.

  • Peter Dexter says:

    I am convinced Arthur Fraser and his spooks organised the “burglary” even involving one of JZ’s best friends, the kept the information on ice until the run up to the ANC elective conference. I will be very surprised if I’m wrong

  • Sydney Kaye says:

    And yet the media have tackled this story as though every element of the accusation was true. Surely it is just as likely that it is a mixture of lies and set-up, considering the source of the story, his profession and his motives.

  • Sheda Habib says:

    From Dubai !!!!
    For a load of bull ???
    Now I wonder who went to Dubai ?

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