Cyril Ramaphosa

Suspects in the farm robbery of Cyril Ramaphosa are detained by the police

In 2020, foreign cash was stolen from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm. Two men have been detained in connection with this heist.
On Tuesday, the suspects are anticipated to appear in court.
Colonel Katlego Mogale, the police spokeswoman, stated that they intend to make a third arrest.

When Arthur Fraser, the former head of the nation’s state security service, filed a criminal case against President Ramaphosa last year, the “farmgate” story initially gained attention.

Mr Fraser accused the president of bribery, money laundering, and concealing a crime in relation to the alleged theft of an estimated $4m (£3.2m) from his farm.
He alleged that President Ramaphosa did not report the theft to the police in an attempt to cover up the existence of the large sum of cash.
Mr Ramaphosa confirmed the theft, but disputed the figure, saying it was $580,000 (£470,000), not $4m that had been stolen from his property, and denied any criminal activity. He says the money came from selling buffalos.
The president was cleared of any wrongdoing by the ombudswoman, also known as the public protector, in June.
Mr Ramaphosa became president in 2018 pledging to tackle corruption.

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