South Africa: in the campaign, the president hounded by the word “corruption”

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South Africa: President “corruption” in campaign

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

< p class="e-p">“Ramaphosa Corruption”: the sign disturbs. In the crowd gathered at a campaign rally for the South African president, in the suburbs of Cape Town, a man brandishing this inscription was evacuated unceremoniously by big guys wearing ruling party caps.

Cyril Ramaphosa, 70, is the only candidate in front of his former Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC). The party will meet next week to choose who would lead the country if the increasingly contested ANC wins the 2024 general election.

But before that internal vote , parliament will decide on Tuesday whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings against the president: Mr Ramaphosa is accused of trying to cover up a burglary at one of his properties, during which important sums of cash were found hidden in a sofa.

The ANC, which has a large majority in parliament, has given him official support, which makes a possible forced departure unlikely. But some have accused party bosses of wanting to silence dissenting voices within the all-powerful National Executive Committee (NEC) at its head.

In difficulty a few days before crucial deadlines for his political future, the president went hunting on Saturday outside his lands, in Cape Town. The province is traditionally won over to the first opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), which gathered more than 50% of the votes there in the last local elections.

The word corruption was on some lips, however. I am happy to see him. But corruption within the ANC is killing our communities, quarantined Simphiwe Ngxamngxa told AFP, listing needs in poor neighborhoods where access to water and to electricity is not guaranteed.

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