- The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has submitted a sworn statement to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate
- The party wants Ipid to investigate the involvement of top police officers in the alleged cover-up of the Phala Phala theft
- Advocate Malesela Teffo was also brought in to assist the political party because of his “extensive knowledge” of police conduct
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JOHANNESBURG - The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has submitted a sworn statement to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), calling for the probe of top police officers in the alleged cover-up of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm theft.
ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula, the National Spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi and the Party’s Legal Advisor Advocate Malesela Teffo submitted the statement on Monday, 11 June. News24 reported that the party referenced the head of the Presidential Protection Unit Major-General Wally Rhoode’s alleged failure to report the crime.
Zungula asked Ipid to investigate the alleged failure from the Presidential Protection Unit in terms of Section 13(2) of the SAPS Act 68 of 1995. The statement also wants Ipid to probe the alleged assistance of former police officers and the claims of interrogation of suspects.
Zungula also claims that government resources were unlawfully used to bribe the suspects to conceal the events at the farm. Several other top cops, including National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola, were also implicated in the scandal.
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Advocate Teffo, who took the spotlight by representing some of the suspects in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, was brought in to assist the party because of his “extensive knowledge” of police conduct.
The directorate said it would announce once a determination has been made by the executive director on the next step regarding the ATM's request, according to The Citizen.
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South Africans weigh in on the ATM’s request and Advocate Malesela Teffo being roped in:
“So the people advocate’s is losing post now, they are replacing him with court poetry.”
“Let’s hope Zungula understand what sworn affidavit implications are. He is putting heresy as he was never there. Sacrificial lamb that one.”
“The ATM is doing a pr-exercise here!”
“People are dying out there and all you are concerned about is scoring political points.”
ATM wants Ipid to investigate Police Commissioner Fannie Mokoena & Khehla Sitole over Phala Phala theft
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has been requested to investigate SAPS top dogs who allegedly assisted in covering up the theft at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm.
The African Transformation Movement (ATM) wants the institute to suspend newly appointed Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola and other police members pending an investigation into their role in the farm theft.
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Source: Briefly News