Two days previously, Mkhwebane determined that Ramaphosa had deliberately misled parliament and violated the constitution surrounding donations to his ruling ANC leadership campaign. While Mkhwebane’s report is widely viewed as a politically motivated attack on the president, it poses serious risks for Ramaphosa, who is already struggling to get his reform project off the ground.
- The scandal will prompt growing calls for legislation to cover internal party campaign financing.
- Allegations against Ramaphosa may prove a boon to controversial Deputy President David Mabuza, next in line to succeed the president.
- Zuma's recent state capture testimony, including spy allegations, are deflection tactics, but will still exacerbate ANC factional divisions.
- The Democratic Alliance could face accusations of hypocrisy for backing Mkhwebane’s ouster but also her findings against Ramaphosa.