A series of events has been set in motion which could – in theory – lead to the impeachment of President Cyril Ramaphosa over the Phala Phala farm saga. Although experts say it is highly unlikely to go that far. Last week National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, announced that a motion by the ATM party calling for the impeachment of the President would be referred to an independent panel to assess whether there does seem to be a case for the removal of the President. Once an independent panel finishes its work, the next step will be for the National Assembly to decide with a simple majority whether an impeachment committee should investigate Ramaphosa. If the committee recommends his removal, a two-thirds majority would still be required to vote to see him actually impeached. Professor Pierre de Vos has written an opinion piece saying that the impeachment of President Cyril Ramaphosa is unlikely.
It may shed some detail on what happened at Phala Phala. Professor Vos is the UCT Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance.
For more news, visit sabcnews.com and also #SABCNews on all Social Media platforms.