‘Lady R’ report still on Ramaphosa’s desk today

Henry

The independent panel appointed to investigate the damning allegations that South Africa was transporting weapons through the cargo ship Lady R provided to Russia, the report will be finished by the end of today (Friday) and to pres. Cyril Ramaphosa handed over.

Vincent Magwenya, spokesman for the presidency, said on Thursday that Ramaphosa would receive and study the report “as soon as his schedule allows”.

The president will then decide which parts of the report will be made public.

Ramaphosa appointed an independent panel to investigate after Reuben Brigety, the US ambassador to South Africa, made damning allegations in May this year that South Africa had placed weapons and ammunition on board the Lady Rwhich docked in Simonstad in December, sent to Russia.

Ramaphosa granted the panel, led by a retired judge, six weeks to complete its work.

Magwenya said on Thursday that the panel finally completed its investigation on July 18. However, there was a slight delay due to a late submission.

Political parties, including the FF Plus, insist that the panel’s findings be made public.