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  Cyril Ramaphosa fighting for political life amid battle for control of ANC
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 02, 2022 07:47pm
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AuthorJason Burke
News DateFriday, December 2, 2022 07:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is fighting for his political life as rivals and supporters face off in a divisive battle for control of the ruling party, the African National Congress.

The power struggle came after an independent panel appointed by parliament said there was evidence suggesting the South African president committed “serious misconduct” after millions of dollars in cash was reportedly stolen from his private game ranch almost three years ago.

The president has been accused of holding undeclared foreign currency, tax evasion, failing to inform police about the robbery and misusing state resources by ordering a senior presidential bodyguard to track down the culprits, who then appear to have been paid off.

Ramaphosa has cancelled all official engagements and was reported on Thursday night to be close to resigning over what has become known as “Farmgate”. Aides later told local media that the 70-year-old veteran politician and businessman was persuaded instead to “fight, fight, fight” by close supporters within the ANC. He denies any wrongdoing.
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