Deputy President Paul Mashatile has strongly advocated for a unified respect towards both law enforcement and investigative bodies, urging Members of Parliament (MPs) and the public to acknowledge and respect their findings, even amidst conflicts.
Addressing inquiries in Parliament, Mashatile underscored the importance of honoring the role of the Public Protector, Kholeka Gcaleka, despite political differences regarding the revelations associated with the Phala matter. While acknowledging that political groups may hold varying opinions, Mashatile emphasized the significance of preserving the integrity of these investigative institutions.
Expressing enduring confidence in law enforcement and investigations, Mashatile affirmed his belief that these entities carry out their duties fairly and impartially. He stressed the need for acknowledgment of the findings related to President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Phala issue.
The call for steadfastness in accepting investigative outcomes comes as the Phala report faces scrutiny from various political spheres. During the parliamentary session, EFF MP Busisiwe Mkhwebane sought clarity from Mashatile regarding the contested report, reflecting the ongoing debate surrounding its validity.
Mashatile’s remarks underscore a broader inclination within the government to continuously instill trust in the processes of justice and investigation. As political discussions persist, the Deputy President’s stance emphasizes the importance of upholding democratic principles and respecting the outcomes of thorough investigative processes, even amidst conflicts.
Mashatile highlighted that during the Phala investigations, President Ramaphosa faced scrutiny from various entities, including the Public Protector, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). He emphasized that the law is impartial and does not discriminate based on current events. Mashatile emphasized that the president willingly subjected himself to legal processes, calling for respect for the robust capacity of investigative bodies. He expressed confidence in the country’s law enforcement to handle allegations, emphasizing the absence of bias within the system, regardless of one’s status.