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Mashaba cries foul over acting Public Protector’s “flawed” investigation into Phala Phala burglary

ActionSA President Herman Mashaba expressed worry over Acting Public Protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka’s initial investigation into the Phala Phala burglary, deeming it “fatally flawed” for allegedly clearing President Cyril Ramaphosa of wrongdoing

Despite admitting final report could potentially yield different results, Mashaba questioned why Gcaleka had excluded details available to the public.

Mashaba sounded the alarm, expressing his fear that for more than six years, South Africa has been subjected to a politically motivated, unreliable Public Protector in the form of Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

He said Parliament must use Section 181(5) of the Constitution to thoroughly investigate both the initial report and its final version to ensure the Office of the Public Protector is not being misused for sinister political objectives.

Mashaba decried Gcaleka’s claim there was no reason to believe Ramaphosa had broken the Executive Ethics Code, calling it “objectionable” and “without merit” due to the public record displaying Ramaphosa’s knowledge of the burglary and his security detail’s effort to conceal it.

He added that any other conclusion would insult the intelligence of South Africans and amount to a cover-up of the President’s wrongdoing.

Gcaleka’s conclusion that Ramaphosa did not violate the Executive Ethics Code is unjustified, Mashaba said.

“It is clear from the public record that President Ramaphosa was both aware of the burglary and attempted to conceal it. To suggest otherwise would be to undermine the intelligence of the South African people.”

He said this would amount to whitewashing the President’s serious misconduct.

He said that despite the President confirming that $580,000 had been stolen from his farm, he did not report the incident to the police or declare the foreign currency to the South African Reserve Bank.

“ActionSA will continue to hold the President accountable for his criminal conduct related to Phala Phala and ensure equal application of the law,” he said.

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