- David Mahlobo has been declared innocent after accusations of misleading Parliament
- DA members have said they aren’t surprised that David hasn’t been charged with the violation, despite ‘overwhelming and irrefutable evidence’
- Public Protector spokesperson has said the DA maliciously issued statements to the media rather than raise their concerns to Mkhwebane
Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector, has declared that David Mahlobo, former Minister of State Security, can’t be accused of wilfully misleading Parliament about his relationship with Mcebo Dlamini.
The DA and EFF have both complained to Mkhwebane, stating that Mahlobo had violated the Executive Members Ethics Act.
Mike Waters, the Deputy Chief Whip of the DA, says the former minister misled Parliament on purpose regarding his relationship with Dlamini, who is one of the Fees Must Fall leaders.
During a panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Security Studies last year about the multiple arrests of the Fees Must Fall activists, Mahlobo commented that he knew Mcebo. He said Mcebo had visited his home multiple times.
In a question from DA MP, Belinda Bozzoli, a couple of days later, Mahlobo said that Dlamini had never been to his house.
In Busisiwe’s report she stated that Mahlobo did not deliberately mislead Parliament in his response.
DA members have said they aren’t surprised that David hasn’t been charged with the violation, despite ‘overwhelming and irrefutable evidence’.
Mkhwebane’s report also stated that David’s response “favours an interpretation that it related specifically to whether Dlamini met with him at his residence to discuss the student protest.”
Briefly.co.za learned from News24 that Waters had said this situation is ‘shocking’ because instead of protecting the people, the Public Protector is protecting the state.
Cleopatra Mosana, the Protector’s spokesperson, has said the DA is ‘spiteful and malicious’ as they were given time to respond to the statement but chose not to.
She asked what else they could do with a lack of further evidence.
Mosana said earlier this year that the DA rather published the provincial reports and issued a media statement instead of responding to the Public Protector.
Mike Waters maintains that David is guilty and that Parliament is unable to “fulfil its oversight mandate if members of the executive are not held accountable.”
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