CIA comments made in personal capacity
The comments made by Deputy Defence Minister and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) chairperson, Kebby Maphatsoe, that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is a CIA plant, was in his personal capacity, ANC spokeswoman Phumla Williams said.
She also added, “We released a statement saying [what he said] is not a government position. He was speaking in his personal capacity. We are not in a position to comment [on the question]. It is a matter for the executive.”
Maphatsoe made the comments on Monday at the unveiling of a tombstone for Umkhonto we Sizwe combatant, Linda “Lion of Chiawelo” Jabane in Soweto, in which he described Madonsela’s as trying to “hijack the ANC”.
“They are even using our institution now... These Chapter Nine institutions were created by the ANC but are now being used against us, and if you ask why it is the Central Intelligence Agency. (The) Americans want their own CEO in South Africa and we must not allow that,” Maphatsoe said.
He also criticised Madonsela for believing that “She is God” and “running a parallel government.”
“It is clear she wants the head of the president. She's no longer playing the ball, she's playing the person. Her actions leave us with no choice but to say her actions are that of enemy agents,” he said.
Responding to Maphatsoe comments, United States ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, posted a series of tweets describing the accusations as “baseless” and “offensive. It was also confirmed that he plans on lodging an official diplomatic complaint against Maphatsoe.
“How can a govt. minister make such scurrilous and political comments at an official event?” he wrote.
“These comments are unfortunate but inconsequential since they lack all credibility to average SA who see through smoke screens.
“We categorically reject [them] and will lodge a complaint through [diplomatic] channels.”
Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, announced on Tuesday that they had given Maphatsoe three days to prove that she is indeed a CIA plant.
“[She] also expects Mr Maphatsoe to issue a retraction and public apology within the said period, failing which she will be left with no choice but to invoke the contempt of the public protector powers in terms of sections 9 and 11 of the Public Protector Act,” Segalwe said.
The ruling party has also distanced itself from Maphatsoe’s comments with Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, saying, “Comments or allegations against any country or persons, including those responsible for guarding and upholding constitutional values, should be raised and addressed at appropriate platforms. South Africa enjoys a cordial diplomatic relationship with the United States of America”.
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