South Africa: EFF Calls On the Public Protector to Investigate Zuma and Mahumapelo

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The EFF calls on the Public Protector to investigate former President Jacob Zuma and North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on the allegations that the Premier gave Zuma a herd of cattle worth R1.5-million as a gift and paid for it using public funds. The EFF has also written a letter to the Public Protector to that effect.

Both Mahumapelo and Zuma must be investigated and if found guilty they must not only pay back the money, they must be criminally held liable for abuse of state funds. It is not possible that Zuma can claim that he wrongly benefited from state money without any knowledge as it was the case with the Nkadla homestead security upgrades. This time, the Public Protector must not only recover public funds wrongly used for the private benefit of Zuma but must charge relevant law enforcement agencies to prosecute Zuma and Mahumapelo for stealing state cattle.

In addition, we reiterate our call for Supra Mahumapelo to step down as Premier of North West. Mahumapelo has not only failed to drive the state machinery to deliver services, he has been part of crippling corruption.

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