Deputy Minister in the Presidency, responsible for State Security, Zizi Kodwa kept the Phala Phala robbery a state secret by not reporting it to the appropriate authorities.
In a letter also published on social media, National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, asked Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) chairperson, Jerome Joseph Maake to establish an Ad Hoc Committee for an immediate investigation into the Phala Phala robbery.
“Please note that I have received a letter from DA leader John Steenhuisen, asking for the establishment of an Ad Hoc committee to investigate a range of allegations arising from the Phala Phala farm,” said Mapisa-Nqakula in a letter.
“I believe two specific allegations merit the attention of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.
According to Steenhuisen, Deputy State Security Minister Kodwa knew about the Phala Phala robbery but ‘opted to keep the matter a state secret, rather reporting the crime to the police.
In addition, it has been alleged that Kodwa accompanied Major General Wally Rhode—the head of the Presidential Protection Unit—on meeting between South Africa and Namibian authorities regarding the alleged theft at Phala Phala.
The reports emerged that a secret Crime Inteligence Fund was used to finance the undercover operations which traced the thieves, with the goal of recovering the stolen money.
“It has been alleged that almost R2 million a month from this fund was spent to send an elite special task force to guard President Remaphosa’s private game farm. Should this be true, this would constitute a flagrant abuse of our taxpayer’s money,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.
Mapisa-Nqakula said, “Accordingly, I hereby refer these two specific allegations to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, for consideration and reporting as soon as possible to the Assembly, as I believe the allegations are inherertly permited to the mandate of the Committee.”