Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will once again table a motion with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to establish an ad hoc committee on the Phala Phala scandal to bring this matter to the constitutional body empowered to deal with it.
On Monday, the Constitutional Court in a unanimous judgement dismissed President Ramaphosa’s application for direct access to the Constitutional Court to overturn the Section 89 panel’s report on the Phala Phala scandal.
The report concluded that there exists prima facie evidence that Ramaphosa may have committed a serious violation of the Constitution.
DA Leader John Steenhuisen said what this judgement confirms is what the DA has been saying from the start, which is that this matter can only be fully investigated, to the necessary extent, by the National Assembly in the form of an ad hoc committee in accordance with Rule 253.
Steenhuisen added that Ramaphosa had launched this court application to set aside the Section 89 report in a desperate attempt to save his political skin. “Now that this attempt has been unanimously dismissed by the highest court in the land, it is time for the President to finally tell the full truth about Phala Phala”.