The relationship between Police Minister Bheki Cele and President Cyril Ramaphosa was put under scrutiny after Mzwanele Manyi questioned why the President “didn’t call” Cele after a robbery at his Limpopo farm in 2020.< /span>
Last week, former spy boss Arthur Fraser claimed that a robbery took place at Ramaphosa’s farm and millions of dollars (reportedly more than $4 million) were stolen from the property .
He accused the President of concealing the crime from the police department and/or the South African Treasury. He further claimed that the President paid those responsible for their silence.
Ramaphosa’s spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, confirmed the robbery but denied any involvement by the President in any criminal activity.
“After When alerted to the robbery, President Ramaphosa reported the incident to the head of the Police Service’s Presidential Protection Unit for investigation.
“President Ramaphosa stands ready to cooperate with law enforcement investigations into these matters,” Magwenya said.
Manyi, who is a spokesman for the Jacob Zuma Foundation, questioned why the minister was not notified immediately and asked how the police will intervene in the future.
Posting a picture of Cele, Manyi wrote: “Minister of Police, why didn’t the President call you on February 9, 2020 at the moment of need? Now that you know more about what we all know from Fraser, where do we go from here?”
Presenting quarterly crime statistics in Pretoria on Friday, Cele told journalists cases are not going straight reported to him, and he is not privy to information about cases being investigated by authorities.
“Nobody reports cases to me. They’re investigating, they’re taking them to court, and I’m going to see a lot of those cases in court. This one opened a few days ago. Like all other cases, he’s under investigation.
“National Police Commissioners and the Hawks don’t tell me what case or who they’re investigating. I usually hear from them when they make the report to the portfolio committee,” said the minister.
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