The ANC has defended President Cyril Ramaphosa’s no-show at the marathon meeting between the party’s top brass and former president Thabo Mbeki where the farmgate scandal was discussed, saying the president’s absence was due to scheduling clashes. 

“There is nothing untoward to read into it. The president had other state-related engagements,” the party’s spokesperson, Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri, told Business Day. ..

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