Niehaus, ANC members lay charges against Ramaphosa

Niehaus, ANC members lay charges against Ramaphosa

Former Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus has laid charges of money laundering, kidnapping and corruption against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Carl Niehaus outside Nkandla
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Niehaus, who was joined by a group of ANC members at the Rosebank police station on Monday morning, said the charges relate to the theft of foreign currency from the president's Phala Phala farm in Limpopo.  

Ramaphosa has come under fire after it emerged that a large amount of foreign currency was stolen from his farm in 2020.

The robbery came to light after former spy boss Arthur Fraser laid a criminal complaint against Ramaphosa, accusing him of kidnapping, bribery, money laundering and concealing a crime related to the alleged theft of $4 million.

Ramaphosa has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Niehaus, who is a known political opponent of the president, says the charges are in support of those laid earlier by Fraser.

“Under the circumstances, as concerned members of the African National Congress and citizens, we feel that knowing this now, we should lay charges in support of the charges that have been laid by Arthur Fraser.

“Those charges are reflecting the charges that Fraser laid against the president. It is also part of the programme of action that we have launched where we will be asking members of the ANC and South African citizens to go to their closest police stations, to lay charges against President Cyril Ramaphosa.”

Niehaus says the police should be allowed to do their work without any hindrance.

“We do not want any obstruction of the law, we do not want him to try and avoid legal processes. I sincerely hope that the police will carry out their duties diligently.

“The police must not allow themselves to be intimidated by the fact that this is the president of South Africa that has serious charges against him. The president, like any citizen, must be treated equally.”


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