Several associates of President Cyril Ramaphosa have been unduly interfering in the Public Protector’s investigation into the robbery on his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo, Sunday Independent reports.
RAMAPHOSA’S ‘HANDLERS’ INFLUENCING PHALA PHALA PROBE?
According to the publication, one of the investigators of the Phala Phala case is being managed by two people, on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa himself.
The investigator is alleged to have met Ramaphosa’s handlers in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. He was allegedly told how to deal with investigations involving the president and his close associates.
Former spy boss Arthur Fraser, who reported the Ramaphosa robbery, reportedly revealed some of this in his response to the public protector’s office that was submitted this week.
“The record will show that I raised this issue squarely and frontally without attacking (investigator’s) integrity. I deemed it prudent that we are open and frank with each other. Such integrity will ensure that this investigation doesn’t become yet another scandalous exercise in subterfuge, and its report, yet another sinister document designed to pull the wool over society’s eyes. The truth is a stubborn stain,” Fraser wrote.
BACKGROUND: Back in June, Fraser laid criminal charges against Ramaphosa, claiming that he concealed the theft of R62 million that had been kept on his farm in Phala Phala, Limpopo two years ago. He also alleges that the suspects were kidnapped and interrogated, before being offered money for their silence. Ramaphosa has admitted there was a robbery on his property, but denies being criminally liable and says the monies stolen were proceeds from the sale of cattle on his farm.