By Benjamin Wickham
JOHANNESBURG, April 20 — Namibian President Hage Geingob and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are scheduled to meet today to discuss bilateral relations between their two countries. While diplomatic, trade, and security matters are expected to be on the agenda, there is speculation that the Phala Phala scandal may also be addressed.
Last year, allegations were made that President Geingob had used his office to assist President Ramaphosa inappropriately. Geingob’s office denied these allegations, as well as suggestions that the Namibian government had assisted in the theft of foreign currency from Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm.
Imanuwela David, the alleged mastermind behind the theft, reportedly fled to Namibia after the incident and was later apprehended by authorities. However, Geingob’s office has denied any involvement in David’s apprehension.
While a preliminary report by acting Public Protector advocate Kholeka Gcaleka has cleared Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing, the issue may still be discussed during today’s meeting.
As the two leaders discuss important matters related to their countries’ relations, it is important that they address any outstanding concerns related to the Phala Phala scandal in a transparent and accountable manner. This will not only ensure that justice is served but also demonstrate a commitment to upholding the rule of law and ethical standards in both nations. – Namibia Daily News