According to a signed affidavit from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), President Cyril Ramaphosa’s dollars, found hidden inside a couch on his Phala Phala farm, were not declared to the South African tax authorities.
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, John Steenhuisen, requested information from SARS through the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to verify President Ramaphosa’s claim that he received US$580,000 from a Sudanese national, Hazim Mustafa, as payment for cattle in a legitimate business transaction.
SARS responded to the request, stating that it could not find any record of Mustafa declaring the currency upon entry into South Africa.
The response implies that Ramaphosa may have hidden the funds illegally inside a couch on his game farm, contradicting his claim that the money was part of a legitimate business transaction.
This information supports the Section 89 panel’s report that Ramaphosa may have violated the Constitution, the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, and his oath of office.
The SARS customs policy on excess currency stipulates that “every person must declare” foreign currency upon arrival in the country. Failure to adhere to this provision is an offence that may be criminally prosecuted.
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