Suspended Public Protector was investigating Ramaphosa

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, suspended Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkwebane on 9 June, while she was in the middle of investigating him over allegations that arose from the robbery at his Phala Phala farm.

It has emerged that Mkwebane sent a letter to National Police Commissioner, Fannie Masemola, on 7 June, regarding Head of Presidential Protection Unit, Wally Rhoode ‘s role in the investigation of the robbery.

Mkwebane’ s list of questions included:

1.If Ramaphosa had instructed Rhoode to investigate the robbery without reporting it to the police.

2. If Rhoode had worked with a local farmer, current and former police officers to trace the suspects.

3. If Rhoode’ job description included carrying out such investigations.

4.If the Presidential Protection Unit was allowed to conduct such investigations.

5. If Rhoode had traveled to Namibia to carry out part of the investigation.

6. If Rhoode had recovered any of the stolen property.

7. If Rhoode and those who assisted him to investigate the robbery had, tortured and paid a bribe to any person to conceal the robbery.

8. If Ramaphosa had given any specific instructions to Rhoode and his superiors regarding how the investigation was to be handled.

On Friday, Mkwebane challenged her suspension by Ramaphosa.