IFP Statement: President Ramaphosa’s Failure to Meet Phala Phala Response Deadline

Jul 20, 2022 | Press Releases

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) notes a statement from the Public Protector South Africa (PPSA), “that the President had until July 18, 2022 to respond to the allegations letter of June 07, 2022 after his previous request to have the initial return date of June 22, 2022 extended.”

According to the PPSA, “A request for a further extension has instead been filed. The request for a further extension has been denied and was communicated to the President on July 18, 2022.”

Based on the President Ramaphosa’s lack of response, “The PPSA will therefore be invoking its subpoena powers in line with section 7(4) (a) of the Public Protector Act 23 of 1994.”

This dereliction of duty on the part of President Ramaphosa in failing to respond to an official request from the PPSA is a travesty of justice. It further sets in motion a dangerous precedent as regards oversight and accountability, this while the country is still fragile and reeling from the devastating effects of state capture.

The President, as first citizen and head of the Executive arm of government, more than any other South African, has a responsibility to lead by example, particularly in matters related to upholding and respecting the rule of law. Further, the President has a duty, as per the Constitution, to “[promote] the unity of the nation and that which will advance the Republic”.

Openness and accountability on the part of the Executive are essential elements for a successful South Africa. As the IFP, we therefore call on the President to reconsider his position, and to cooperate fully and timeously with the PPSA’s request for information.

Hon. Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP
IFP National Spokesperson
071 111 0539

Recent Headlines

IFP Press Conference to Provide an Update on the Government of National Unity

IFP President and NEC to Brief Media on GNU

The IFP NEC will meet today in light of the widespread uncertainty prevailing as it pertains to the Government of National Unity (GNU). The IFP President Hon. Velenkosini Hlabisa, MP, will thereafter at a press conference provide an update on these matters today. The...

IFPYB Welcomes Changes in the Department of Higher Education

GNU: IFP’s Position on Interpretation of Clause 24

The IFP has taken note of the on-going public disagreements between the ANC’s Mr Fikile Mbalula and the DA’s Mrs Helen Zille, as it pertains to clause 24 of the Government of National Unity (GNU) statement of intent. To that end, the IFP President Hon. Velenkosini...

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal is overwhelmed with gratitude to the people of the province, following its resounding victory in yesterday’s by-elections, where the Party secured 7 out of 12 contested wards. The IFP has gained a majority in several...