The Office of the Public Protector stands by its Phala Phala report findings despite legal reviews initiated by political parties. COO Nelisiwe Nkabinde emphasised that the investigating team is “comfortable with its findings” and had rigorously applied the law to clear President Cyril Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing. According to EWN, the report, released in June, generated controversy as it exonerated President Ramaphosa concerning foreign currency theft from his Limpopo farm. Addressing the Cape Town Press Club, Nkabinde acknowledged robust debates and disagreements but affirmed the investigation’s integrity.
The Phala Phala investigation, involving the head of state, attained a unique status, considering past court judgments and the roles of other agencies in the evidence evaluation. Nkabinde stated, “We are comfortable where we are, that we have done a proper investigation, that we have applied the law.” Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka, accused of a favourable finding for personal gain, defended the team’s conclusion, highlighting the rigorous teamwork involved.
The report concluded that no exchange controls were violated, as the sale allegedly intended to buy game from the president’s farm had not been finalised. Despite legal challenges, the Public Protector’s office maintains confidence in the thoroughness and legality of the Phala Phala report.
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