Here's why parties are planning to picket at public protector over Phala Phala
Several opposition parties will picket at the public protector’s office in Tshwane on Friday over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm saga.
The parties — including the EFF, UDM, ATM, COPE and ACDP — are calling for acting public protector Kholeka Gcaleka to release the report on Phala Phala.
The parties said Gcaleka is in breach of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act by failing to release the report within 30 days of the initial complaint.
Opposition Parties In Parliament will have a picket at Public Protector’s Office— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 30, 2022
The Acting Public Protector is in breach of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, by failing to release the Report on Phala Phala Farm within 30 days of the initial complaint#ReleasePhalaPhalaReport pic.twitter.com/qsASy8atmE
Addressing the media on Sunday, EFF leader Julius Malema criticised Gcaleka for failing to release the report.
“The law says on matters of that nature on the president, the public protector must investigate and within 30 days release a report. It is now more than 80 days, without a report from the public protector,” said Malema.
“The law doesn't say after 30 days come and tell us the status of the report's readiness; it says come and give us a report. If you are not ready, give us the portions that are ready.”
♦️Must Watch♦️— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 5, 2022
“-The law says, on matters of that nature on the President, the Public Protector must investigate and within 30 days release a report.
-It is now more than 80 days, without a report from the Public Protector” CIC @Julius_S_Malema #ReleasePhalaPhalaReport pic.twitter.com/H3z8De1LQW
Malema said Ramaphosa had not answered questions regarding Phala Phala when questioned in parliament last week.
“By law, the only place Ramaphosa answers to is parliament — but where he has to answer, he says he can’t answer. Ramaphosa didn’t answer, he only responded by saying, 'I will not answer because I answered somewhere else.' That's not an answer but a response.”
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