President Cyril Ramaphosa will be summoned by acting public protector Kholeka Gcaleka to appear in court and respond to questions on the alleged cover-up of a burglary on his Phala Phala farm.
The office of Gcaleka issued a statement on Tuesday claiming that Ramaphosa had missed the deadline of July 18 to respond to these queries.
Ramaphosa failed to fulfill the deadline and instead requested a further delay, which the public advocate denied.
The president was charged with a crime in June by former spymaster Arthur Fraser over an alleged break-in that occurred on his farm in 2021.
According to Fraser, intruders tried to steal roughly $4 million (R60 million) from the home.
He alleged that the thieves were unlawfully detained by Ramaphosa and his security, and that they were paid financial bribes to remain silent about the incident. This cast doubt on the validity of the money that the burglars attempted to steal.
The president is currently being questioned about whether he broke the terms of the presidential oath of ethics because he also chose not to disclose the attempted burglary to the police.
Ramaphosa was advised last week by United Democratic Movement leader General Bantu Holomisa to meet with the public protector and explain his side of the story, but the president declined.
The weekend’s City Press report said that the recently appointed Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola was involved in the suspected cover-up of the crime.
The use of police resources to identify and track down the burglary suspects is believed to have been authorized by Masemola, who at the time served as a deputy national commissioner.
Holomisa demanded that Masemola provide the truth.