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Ramaphosa asks for patience in Mapisa-Nqakula case

By Anita Dangazele

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has called for patience amid growing calls for the removal of parliamentary speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula after allegations of fraud and corruption surfaced.

During a campaign trail in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday, Ramaphosa was asked if the party’s step-aside rule would apply to Mapisa-Nqakula.

He said investigations were still ongoing and that a decision would be made once the investigations were concluded.

“As far as I know, they raided her house but she hasn’t been charged yet and she said she’s taking special leave. There’s a process that’s unfolding.”

“We have processes, geared and independent institutions, and in the end we must rely on those institutions to do their work,” Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa said Mapisa-Nqakula was cooperating with the relevant authorities.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Speaker said she’s co-operating, and that in itself says something to all of us.

“It’s already known [that] when it reaches a particular point, certain actions need to be taken. There’s no running away from that,” he said.

Mapisa-Nqakula is being investigated for alleged fraud and corruption. It is alleged that she received millions of rands in bribes for tenders during her time as defence minister.

She allegedly received R2.3 million in cash from businesswoman Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu, delivered in gift bags.

Mapisa-Nqakula took a special leave of absence after the Investigating Directorate raided her Cape Town home on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has been appointed acting Speaker following Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s leave of absence due to an investigation into allegations of corruption.

Pictured above: President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking at Feather Market Hall in Gqeberha on Saturday during his campaign trail.

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