DA demands Mashatile’s head

Henry

The DA demands that Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa takes active action against his deputy and summarily dismisses him.

John Steenhuisen, DA leader, believes that the writing is on the wall and that the Special Investigation Unit (SUE) should investigate Paul Mashatile comprehensively.

This follows after Fikile Mbalula, secretary general of the ANC, said at a media conference before a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) in Boksburg on Friday that Mashatile, like other ANC members involved in crime, before the party’s integrity commission must account.

Steenhuisen also referred to the latest allegations of corruption against Mashatile.

News24 earlier reported on the deputy president’s close ties with property development company, Valumax. Valumax apparently bought a total of 26 properties for R189 million in November 2022 and sold them the same day to the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements for R279 million. This transaction netted Valumax R90 million.

Teddy Greaver, a director of Valumax, is apparently a good friend of Mashatile.

It was also revealed that Edwin Sodi, businessman and accused of state capture, apparently received millions of rand in tenders from the Gauteng government while Mashatile was still the ANC’s MEC for human settlements in that province.

Instead of taking action, Ramaphosa prefers to bury his head in the sand, believes Steenhuisen.

“Ramaphosa has a clear pattern that he follows. Instead of leading, he prefers to retreat in the hope that the ANC’s scandals will blow over.”

The promise that Mashatile will appear before the ANC’s integrity commission, Steenhuisen further believes, is mere lip service.

“Anything less than decisive action will mean Ramaphosa becomes an accomplice.”

Steenhuisen adds: “The evidence indicates that Mashatile is involved in a web of corruption and state capture – which is strongly reminiscent of the misdeeds that were committed during the time when Jacob Zuma was still president.”

Ramaphosa should also be reminded that in his testimony before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture he undertook to eradicate such misdeeds.

“By keeping himself blind to Mashatile’s (alleged) corruption, he is breaking that promise.”

Steenhuisen gave Ramaphosa until Thursday to take action against Mashatile.

“We have prepared a comprehensive dossier that details Mashatile’s web of corruption in detail. Further action will be taken against Ramaphosa as well as Mashatile if the president continues to hide.”