Mashatile declared at OB

Henry

Rise Mzansi has a strong suspicion that Paul Mashatile has breached the Act on the Ethics of Members of the Executive Authority.

On Tuesday morning, the new political party wrote to the acting Public Protector, adv. Kholeka Gcaleka, directed to investigate this possibility.

A storm erupted over the head of the deputy president this past weekend after News24 published a revealing report in which it is claimed that Mashatile maintains a luxurious lifestyle thanks to his links with business people who benefit greatly from government contracts.

Songezo Zibi, leader of Rise Mzansi, says the deputy president is guilty of serious violations of at least the Constitution, his oath of office and the ethics legislation.

Pursuant to the Constitution, the deputy president may not act in any way that is inconsistent with his office, or expose himself to any situation that entails the possibility of a conflict between his official responsibilities and private interests; or uses his position or any information entrusted to him to enrich himself or improperly benefit any other person.

The legislation also states that the OB must investigate any alleged breach of the code of ethics and submit a report to the president within 30 days.

“Deputy Pres. Mashatile may mistakenly and arrogantly believe that he does not have to answer to the media, but he will soon find out that the OB does not show the same tolerance for violations of the law and basic democratic principles,” says Zibi.

According to News24’s report, until recently, Mashatile regularly stayed in a luxury residence of Edwin Sodi, the man who is currently on trial together with Ace Magashule on charges of corruption and fraud in connection with the R255 million Free State asbestos case.

According to the report, Sodi – according to the Zondo Commission – also made payments to the ANC directly to Mashatile. There are believed to have been 15 payments totaling R371 553 between February 2015 and September 2016. Sodi testified that the payments were intended for the ANC.