ARETA condemns the report of the acting Public Protector on Phala Phala
5 July 2023
The African Radical Economic Transformation Alliance (ARETA) unreservedly condemns the clearly biased and flawed report of the Public Protector on President Ramaphosa’s corruption and criminal activities in the Phala Phala saga. Advocate Gcaleka ignored clear and unequivocal evidence establishing that President Ramaphosa is guilty of a serious violation of sections 96(2)(a) of the constitution; a serious violation of section 34(1) of PRECCA; a serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by acting in a way that is inconsistent with his office and a serious misconduct in that the President violated section 96(2)(b) by exposing himself to a situation involving a conflict between his official responsibilities and his private business.
The Report exposes that as Acting Public Protector, Gcaleka, has been coopted and is now being used as a compliant tool by the corrupt Ramaphosa and his associates to cover up corruption, criminal activities, and maladministration.
Gcaleka today (Wednesday, 5 July 2023) - barely a few days after she released her scandalous Report - confirmed that she is intends to apply for the position of Public Protector (PP). Her baseless, and shameful, absolution of Ramaphosa, which flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that he has a serious prima facie case to answer, as was determined by the Section 89 Independent Panel under the Chairperson-ship of retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, was evidently nothing more than a job application by a crass opportunist, who is prepared to sacrifice her professional integrity, and indeed her soul, on the altar of unbridled ambition and careerism. Gcaleka richly deserves every bit of contempt, vilification, and disgust that comes her way!
The Report further confirms without any shadow of doubt that Ramaphosa who suspended Public Protector Mkhwebane after she started the Phala Phala investigation has succeeded in using his powers in a retaliatory fashion to kill effective investigation into his corruption and to destroy the independence of the Office of the Public Protector.