Echoing Maimane's statement, DA leader John Steenhuisen said Ramaphosa had no choice but to come clean.
“The president is facing a crisis of credibility and cannot hide behind procedural smokescreens to avoid presenting South Africans with the full truth around the money stolen from his farm and the subsequent cover-up.
“There is no aspect of any police or other investigation that prevents him from taking the country into his confidence with a full and honest account of events. He has a special obligation to do so which no other South African has,” said Steenhuisen.
Nothing less than the full truth would suffice, even if it damaged his public standing, opened him up to possible criminal charges and compromised his prospects of re-election at the ANC's elective conference.
“If all is above board, as the president claims, then a full disclosure is in both the presidency and nation’s best interests, while failure to do so will damage both. A decision to continue hiding behind the pretext of a 'pending investigation' will be seen by the public as an admission of wrongdoing and will surely make his presidency untenable,” said Steenhuisen.