The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that an investigation into accusations of a cover-up by the SAPS concerning the Phala Phala farm scandal has begun.
In an email to the president of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) Vuyo Zungula, Ipid says there is sufficient grounds for the institution to launch an investigation.
“We have analysed your statement and established that your complaint is based of Arthur Fraser’s statement which has been circulating in the media space,” the body said.
Ipid said it was to be noted that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) was investigating the same matter with focus on the criminal element by the SAPS members.
“We intend not to duplicate any process that is being carried out by other government entity in the same matter however our office will concentrate its investigation on aspects not covered by the Hawks and our preliminary investigation will seek to whether there was any SAPS regulations or prescripts transgressions,” Ipid said.
Zungula told The Star that he was disappointed that it took more than three weeks to confirm that they would look into the matter concerning the robbery on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm.
“We are of the view that we as members of the ATM are acting on behalf of the public we are legally liable to hold Ipid accountable as a complainant but Ipid not communicating and informing the nation after three weeks of the development does not give us confidence that the investigation will be done in the best interest of the people,” Zungula said.
Zungula said he believed that as long as Ramaphosa was president it would be hard for state institutions to investigate this matter thoroughly and without fear.
“Ramaphosa should be removed from office so that a proper investigation can take place.
“We should set a good precedent in the country that no one is above the law,” he said.
The ANC confirmed that Ramaphosa appeared in front of its integrity commission.
Some in the ANC expressed disappointment that the ANC policy conference, which was held recently chose not to discuss allegations of money laundering concerning the theft at the president’s Phala Phala farm.
Ramaphosa was thrown into hot water after it was discovered that $4m was stolen from his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo.
The robbers were traced to Namibia and were allegedly tortured by the president’s security detail.
Several investigations were launched into the matter and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was also investigating.