Acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka has since stated that President Cyril Ramaphosa has provided written responses pertaining to the Phala Phala investigation. This comes just after Gcaleka threatened to issue a subpoena.
A spokesperson for the Public Protector, Oupa Segalwe, stated on Friday that Ramaphosa had provided the answers and that they will make no further comments about the probe.
After Ramaphosa missed the submission deadline of July 18 he was threatened with a subpoena by Gcaleka.
Gcaleka turned against the president’s legal counsel’s request for an additional extension.
The inquiries concern the break-in at his Phala Phala estate in February 2020.
He has been charged with attempting to conceal the heist and with perhaps abusing governmental resources to find the offenders.
Former State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser started a criminal case, which is where the first information regarding the burglary came to light.
The Public Protector is looking into the incident’s ethical implications, therefore Ramaphosa’s comments were anticipated to reveal what he knows.
The threat of a subpoena from Gcaleka was unwarranted, according to Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya on Friday.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning delivered an address at the SACP congress. Ramaphosa stated that as no one is above the law, especially after a period of state capture. He has also pledged his full co-operation with investigations into the Phala Phala farm robbery.
Magwenya said.”The threat of the subpoena was unnecessary in our view because the president’s legal team was in communication with the office of the Public Protector”
“There was an attempt for a meeting to explain the reasoning behind the request for an extension, but that meeting did not occur. The responses to Public Protector have been delivered and received by the office of the Public Protector,” he added.
In another legal debacle facing the president, Magwenya said Ramaphosa believed he should not appear before the Section 194 Committee.