Ramaphosa confirms 2020 farm robbery: 'No basis for claims of criminal conduct'

Bruce Whitfield talks to News24's Pieter du Toit about the President's response to allegations made against him by Arthur Fraser.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed a robbery at his farm in Limpopo in 2020, but says there is no basis for the claims of criminal conduct made against him by former spy boss Arthur Fraser.

Fraser laid a criminal complaint against Ramaphosa on Wednesday, accusing him of breaching the Prevention of Organised Crime Act by not reporting the robbery.

Suspects were allegedly apprehended after stealing over $4 million hidden on the property.

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In a series of tweets, the Presidency states that Ramaphosa "stands ready" to cooperate with any law enforcement investigation of these matters.

The President was apparently out of the country at the time of the incident "during which proceeds from the sale of game were stolen".

But there is just not enough information available at the moment, says Pieter du Toit (Assistant Editor of In-depth News at News24) in conversation with Bruce Whitfield.

Du Toit lists some of the pressing questions that need answers, most obviously why the President would have $4 million stashed away at his farm.

Also, why has nothing happened with an investigation almost 30 months down the line?

... if what the RET (radical economic transformation) faction wanted to achieve through Arthur Fraser... is the impression that the President and his people want to cover something up, they've been very successful in doing that... so this is a most uncomfortable position the President's been put in.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor - News24

All the game farmers that attend these high-powered game auctions spend millions upon millions of rands on their studs. I'm pretty sure that you don't pluck out your manbag from behind your Hilux's passenger seat to pick off a couple of purple buffaloes to give to the person that you buy from!

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor - News24

We should bear in mind that it is the year of an ANC election and there will be smears, du Toit adds.

Listen to the enlightening discussion below:

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