South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday rejected the opposition’s motion to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Cyril Ramaphosa, after an independent panel found he may have violated the constitution.
The independent commission, led by former justice minister Sandile Nkubo, released a report last month finding Cyril Ramaphosa guilty of failure to report the theft of $580,000 on his private farm in Limpopo province in 2020.
Lawmakers discussed the report in the parliament building, where the opposition requested a secret vote, but the speaker of the National Assembly, Nosifi Mabisa, refused.
She said that the staff clerk would read the names of the members one by one and they, in turn, would respond with a yes or no to the proposal.
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And 148 deputies voted in favor of the proposal to start impeachment procedures, against 214, with two abstentions, according to Mapisa.