CAPE TOWN, The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide a transparent account of the tens of thousands of dollars found in cash at his Phala Phala farm. Makgoba believes that without transparency, the country’s fight against corruption will be ineffective.
Speaking during an Easter vigil at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, Makgoba called on the African National Congress (ANC) to stop defending the president and hold him accountable. The archbishop stated that the president must take the public into his confidence and explain what happened at Phala Phala.
Last year, Ramaphosa dismissed allegations of money laundering and corruption, claiming that the cash was the proceeds of a buffalo sale. However, Makgoba believes that there is more to the matter than just the sale of animals.
Makgoba said that the president still hasn’t satisfactorily explained why such a large amount of money was not banked, leading to an investigation into the theft of money from the president’s farm.
The archbishop’s call for transparency and accountability is essential in the fight against corruption in South Africa. Corruption has been a persistent problem in the country, affecting the economy, governance, and people’s lives.
The Phala Phala scandal is not the first time President Ramaphosa has been questioned about his financial dealings. Before becoming president, he was linked to corruption allegations in the country’s mining sector.
The president’s commitment to fighting corruption and promoting transparency has been called into question, with some critics accusing him of not doing enough to root out corruption in the country.
However, Ramaphosa has taken some steps to address the problem of corruption, such as creating a special unit to investigate and prosecute corruption cases and signing into law the Public Audit Amendment Act to strengthen the powers of the Auditor-General.
Nevertheless, corruption remains a significant challenge in South Africa, and Makgoba’s call for transparency and accountability is crucial in tackling the problem.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s call for transparency and accountability in the Phala Phala scandal is timely and necessary. President Cyril Ramaphosa must take the public into his confidence and provide a transparent account of the events that led to the discovery of cash at his farm. Without transparency and accountability, the fight against corruption in South Africa will continue to be ineffective.
Source – MasimbaNews✍