The Fight Is On: Ramaphosa intends to challenge the Ngcobo Panel Report

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s consultations with supporters and stakeholders have led to a decision to challenge the scathing Section 89 Independent Panel report.
A National Executive Committee (NEC) source told Daily Maverick that President Cyril Ramaphosa was surrounded by his close allies when he made the decision not to take the outcomes of the Section 89 Independent Panel lying down. The likes of NEC member Derek Hannekom and party head of elections Fikile Mbalula were said to be by his side when he made the final call.
The president’s circle has been against him resigning despite the seriousness of the allegations which have been levelled against him.
A presidency source confirmed the news.
A flawed report and dangerous precedents – why President Cyril Ramaphosa should not resign
If Ramaphosa were to step down, many of his allies who have been part of his executive, including Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, would also lose.
ANC NEC member and Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu is one of the senior ANC members who told Daily Maverick that Ramaphosa should rather allow processes to play out and avoid acting with haste.
In an interview on Thursday, Mchunu said: “President Cyril Ramaphosa should be given space to apply himself. What emerges from here will determine what he says to the NEC and nation.”
Ramaphosa’s decision comes amid a failed ANC NEC meeting which was supposed to take place on Friday afternoon. While the members gathered at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, the president was still in Cape Town leading to the adjournment of the meeting.
In addition to this, the organisation’s treasurer general Paul Mashatile said the meeting was called without an official report from the top 6 officials and National Working Committee (NWC), which is procedurally incorrect.
Summoned and frustrated: ANC NEC’s meeting cut short after Ramaphosa’s no-show
Ramaphosa has been under fire since the outcomes of the Section 89 Independent Panel were leaked to the public. Calls for him to resign come as the panel led by retired Judge Sandile Ncgobo found that there is prima facie evidence that he may have violated the Constitution and may have abused his powers.
The panel said he has a case to answer. This could pave the way for his possible impeachment, a charge which has been led by some opposition parties in Parliament.
The report particularly pointed out that Ramaphosa could be guilty of breaching ...