Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen said they have written to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States to probe allegations of money laundering against Prsident Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Da wrote to the US agency on Monday asking for an investigation to be made against Ramaphosa in connection with the burglary at his Phala Phala farm, in Limpopo, in February 2020.
“Specifically, we have requested that the FBI considers investigating the source of the funds and whether the money was brought into SA legitimately and declared to the appropriate authorities,” DA leader John Steehuisen said on Tuesday.
This comes after former State Security Agency boss Arthur Fraser opened a criminal case against the president- alleging that Cyril Ramaphosa concealed a crime where millions of dollars were stolen from his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in February 2020.
A group of men allegedly stole $4 million (above R60 million) from the farm. Steenhuisen said there was a lot of suspicion as to why Ramaphosa had foreign currency stashed in his Limpopo home. He said the FBI had legal authority to investigate the use of the US currency and hope it would investigate Ramaphosa.
“We have recommended that the ledgers or journals, which would have recorded the alleged sale of wild game at auction, be requested from the president to determine the identities of those involved in the suspicious cash transactions.
“A cash transaction within South Africa involving $4 million is deeply suspicious, and more so since the cash was then hidden in furniture, and its theft investigated off-the-record and covered up.”