The president and the former spy boss: fact, fiction or fantasy?

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The president and the former spy boss: fact, fiction or fantasy?

Either Cyril Ramaphosa is an international money launderer and a thug, or disgraced former spy boss Arthur Fraser is engaging in fantasies aimed at destroying Ramaphosa's career and staying out of jail. Both statements can't be true, writes JACQUES PAUW, as he explains Fraser's latest memo to the Hawks. But even if Fraser is sucking conspiracies out of his thumb, it does not mean that Ramaphosa will walk away undamaged from the Phala Phala scandal?

IF former spymaster and self-styled “whistleblower” Arthur Joseph Peter Fraser has it right, Cyril Ramaphosa was part of a criminal enterprise within the presidency that smuggled vast amounts of US dollars into the country then laundered them through shady businesspeople, probably to make them appear legal.

The president lied, says Fraser, when he said the money stolen from his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in February 2020 was from the sale of game or cattle. In fact, it originated in countries such as Qatar and Egypt and was trafficked into South Africa by Ramaphosa’s special adviser, Bejani Chauke.

With the assistance of Maj-Gen Wally Rhoode, head of the presidential protection unit, Chauke then packed the money into a couch which was then transported to Phala Phala, according to Fraser. ..

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