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    Phala Phala : ATM calls for suspension of ‘involved’ police officers

    The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has written to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to suspend all the police officers associated with allegations of a cover up regarding the robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm. 

    Last week, Namibian Police revealed that they were in contact and met with a few police officers from South Africa following the burglary and theft at Phala Phala on 19 June 2020. 


    In its letter, the ATM said newly appointed SAPS Commissioner, Fannie Masemola and his predecessor, Khehla Mthembu are said to have been aware of the burglary, theft and related matters. 

    “Of concern to the ATM is the damning allegation that these two above-mentioned high-ranking officers of the law are mired into some secretive and off-the books investigation into the burglary,” the party said. 

    In his affidavit, former State Security Agency Director General, Arthur Fraser said that Crime Intelligence officials kidnapped and interrogated suspects that were involved in the burglary. Some members of opposition parties have since opened cases against Ramaphosa based on these allegations, including that of gender-based violence.

    ATM President, Vuyo Zungula said these are very serious allegations which have the potential to erode the confidence of the public in the South African Police Service. 

    “It is against this background that the ATM is requesting that the conduct of the police be investigated and if substantiated the corrective action be taken against all the affected individuals.”

    Vuyo Zungula

    The party also said it is very much concerned about the fact that the same officials will be overseeing the current criminal investigation where they are implicated. 

    “The ATM strongly recommends that all the affected police officers should be suspended pending the investigation into their alleged complicity,” Zungula said.

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