Corruption Watchdog is calling on President Jacob Zuma to clearly demonstrate where government stands on corruption by immediately firing Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe.
This follows Maphatsoe’s allegation that Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela was a “CIA spy”. Yesterday, Maphatsoe withdrew his comments and apologised but insisted that his claims were misinterpreted.
Corruption Watch’s Communication Director David Lewis says Madonsela should take legal steps against Maphatsoe.
“We’re urging the Public Protector to pursue the content charges against the Deputy Minister, holding the Public Protector’s content to the criminal offence, and his remarks should be treated accordingly.”
“The fact that the President and members of cabinet have ignored the recommendations by Public Protector, leaving members of the ruling party striding in disparaging attacks on the Public Protector, is precisely what leads to the statement by the Deputy Minister.”