Zizi Kodwa Phala Phala

Zizi Kodwa. Image: Twitter@SpringsNews

Phala Phala: Zizi Kodwa responds to Parliamentary committee

A parliamentary committee is looking into Deputy Minister Zizi Kodwa’s alleged role in the Phala Phala farm robbery

Zizi Kodwa Phala Phala

Zizi Kodwa. Image: Twitter@SpringsNews

Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa says he has submitted his reponse to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, as part of its investigation into the robbery on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm and his role in it.

The committee will also investigate allegations that secret crime intelligence funds were used to covertly investigate the robbery. Parliamentary speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asked the committee to also look into the matter following a request made by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

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DID ZIZI KODWA KNOW ABOUT THE FARM ROBBERY?

City Press reported that Zizi Kodwa knew about the farm robbery, but chose to keep it quiet, as opposed to reporting it to the relevant authorities.

But Kodwa has denied having any prior knowledge of the incident and slammed the story as nothing more than a fishing expedition.

“I have responded to the parliamentary committee that have requested me to answer those questions. The investigation of any form is welcomed. But the investigation must have basis at least. And in this regard there are no basis for any investigation. I had no prior knowledge of the alleged theft. I deny that I was involved or kept secret of any information. What is clear is that this is a fishing expedition. This is nothing else but a made-up story.”

Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa

BACKGROUND: Back in June, former spy boss Arthur Fraser laid criminal charges against Ramaphosa, claiming he concealed the theft of R62 million that had been kept on his farm in Phala Phala, Limpopo. He also alleges that the suspects were kidnapped and interrogated, before being offered money for their silence. Ramaphosa has admitted there was a robbery on his property, but denies being criminally liable and says the monies stolen were proceeds from the sale of cattle on his farm.