Ramaphosa Excludes Media From Phala Phala Livestock Auction


There was a heavy police presence on Saturday outside President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm, where some of his cattle were up for auction.

Uniformed and plainclothes police were stationed outside the farmhouse while the auction proceeded inside.

The media were prevented from covering the event and journalists were ordered by the police to stay away from the gate of the farm.

Police said the farm was Ramaphosa’s private residence and no journalists were allowed entry. There was also no cell phone signal outside the farm.

Inside the farm, however, there was a hive of activity with many vehicles seen parked near a building where the auction was taking place.

Animals sold included Ankole cows.

The event was not the first the president has hosted at his farm.

The Phala Phala Farm was catapulted into notoriety after former spy chief Arthur Fraser opened a criminal case against Ramaphosa.

In his affidavit, Fraser claimed around $4 million (R64 million) was stolen from the farm in a robbery in 2020.

He accused Ramaphosa of covering up the crime and not reporting it to the police.

He also said he had key evidence, including pictures and videos of the theft.

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