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DA to File Corruption Charges Against Deputy President Paul Mashatile

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Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has announced intentions to lay corruption charges against South Africa’s Deputy President Paul Mashatile

DA’s Leader John Steenhuisen to lay corruption charges against Deputy President Paul Mashatile

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has announced intentions to lay corruption charges against South Africa’s Deputy President Paul Mashatile on Monday. The opposition leader claimed that the DA is in possession of a docket filled with detailed allegations of Mashatile’s criminal activities, pointing to potential high-stakes misconduct within the executive branch.

Amidst these revelations, Steenhuisen made public the DA’s attempt last week to present the accumulated evidence to President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings – an attempt that was reportedly rebuffed. In a response to the allegations, the Presidency noted that the proper procedures should be followed.

“The Presidency maintains that any evidence of wrongdoing by Deputy President Paul Mashatile should indeed be forwarded to law enforcement,” said Vincent Magwenya, spokesperson to the President, adding that laying criminal charges should not be used to push a political motive or as a tactic to fulfill political demands.

Despite the Presidency’s clarifications on the due process, Steenhuisen argued that the issue had reached an impasse that necessitated legal action. “The docket we have compiled presents a clear enough case to justify Mashatile’s immediate removal from his executive post and an in-depth investigation by the Special Investigating Unit,” Steenhuisen asserted during a press briefing.

Going further, the DA, through an official statement, disclosed plans to file a complaint under the Executive Members’ Ethics Act against Mashatile, accusing the Deputy President of breaching the Executive Ethics Code. The party insinuated that President Ramaphosa’s apparent lack of response could be viewed as complicity.

“In all submissions to law enforcement, we will highlight the fact that Ramaphosa is now personally in possession of the dossier against Mashatile. And that his failure to act potentially implicates him in the corruption racket,” the statement read.

DA officials emphasized that these measures were not isolated but marked the commencement of a drawn-out strategy to ensure accountability at the highest levels of government.

“This set of actions represent but the start of what will be a sustained campaign to hold both Ramaphosa and Mashatile accountable. The DA will continue to fight this corruption using every channel at our disposal,” the DA’s statement reiterated.

DA Leader John Steenhuisen
DA Leader John Steenhuisen

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