Sekunjalo sues President Cyril Ramaphosa, Presidency and other State organs for R75 billion

STATEMENT

15 January 2024

Sekunjalo Sues Cyril Ramaphosa, the Presidency and Other Organs of State for $4 Billion (R75 billion)

Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (Sekunjalo) has given notice in terms of section 3(1) and (2) of the Institution of Legal Proceedings Against Certain Organs of State Act No. 40 of 2002 (“the Institution Act”), of its intention to sue and claim damages amounting to $4 Billion (R75 billion), the calculated loss of earnings the Group has suffered due to actions against it by various South African organs of state including the Presidency.

In terms of the Act, the affected parties have six-months to mount a defence or conclude a settlement. Sekunjalo has therefore delivered notices to Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa, the National Treasury, the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Justice as well as the State Attorney.

The lawsuits follow a protracted period of targeted sabotage whereby Sekunjalo believes elements of South African state power – all since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected President – have been corrupted and used to deliberately undermine and wish harm on Sekunjalo’s executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, and companies allied to the Group, with the clear and determined aim of barring them from participating in the South African economy.

Sekunjalo is of the firm opinion that the genesis of the attacks on it stem from its purchase of Independent Media in 2013. Independent Media is just that, an independent source of news and information that caters to the views and opinions of the majority of South Africans. Thus, it has been vocal in exposing government corruption and holding the state to account.

These lawsuits mark the first time such an action has been brought against any government in the country’s history and underscores the seriousness of the repercussions on Sekunjalo and its holdings. The case has been thoroughly constructed over a period of more than 18-months, during which time, the Group has amassed hard evidence, including whistle-blowers reports, to support its claims.

The purpose of the legal action is to not only claim for damages of $4 Billion but to clear the companies’ names – once and for all. It is also, especially important in this election year, to demonstrate to the people of South Africa, that their voted for government is accountable to the people, in which the current dispensation is sadly lacking.

The Sekunjalo Group has been in existence for more than 20 years and was one of the first black companies to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) post-apartheid. Additionally, the Group was one of the first black companies, if not the first, to be a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and through its global presence has invested in 40 countries.

The Group now feels it has exhausted all other avenues and that it now has no choice, other than to proceed with this current legal action.
Further information will be released as the case unfolds.

For media enquiries, please contact Kaz Henderson in writing on: [email protected] Issued for and on behalf of:
Sekunjalo Investment Holdings

16 January 2024
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