South Africa’s parliament votes against Ramaphosa’s impeachment proceedings | Political news

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The majority of Parliament voted not to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president for alleged misconduct and violation of the oath of office.

South Africa’s parliament has voted against initiating impeachment proceedings against President Cyril Ramaphosa over a report that he held undeclared foreign currency on his farm in 2020.

Lawmakers voted 214-148 against the decision to impeach Ramaphosa on Tuesday. The ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has a majority in parliament, largely sided with Ramaphosa, preventing the motion from securing the two-thirds majority needed to proceed with impeachment.

Four ANC MPs, however, showed their opposition to Ramaphosa by voting in favor of impeachment and a few others did not show up for the vote.

The crucial vote came after a damning parliamentary report claimed Ramaphosa illegally hid at least $580,000 in cash in a sofa at his Phala Phala hunting ranch. He said he did not report the stolen money to police to avoid questions about how he obtained the foreign currency and why he did not report it to authorities.

The report led Ramaphosa’s opponents – opposition parties and even his rivals within his party, the ANC – to call for his resignation.

The parliamentary vote comes in a week when Ramaphosa will also be fighting for his political life as he seeks re-election as leader of the ANC at its national conference which opens on Friday in Johannesburg.

The conference will also elect members of the party’s National Executive Committee, which is the party’s highest decision-making body.

Ramaphosa must be re-elected as leader of the ANC in order to run for a second term as president of South Africa in 2024.

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