News24 | Ramaphosa’s security chief dined with Phala Phala suspects during ‘enquiry’ but pursued no charges

General Wally Rhoode, head of the Presidential Protection Service.

General Wally Rhoode, head of the Presidential Protection Service.

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The three suspects in the recently launched Phala Phala prosecution were identified – and two questioned – by Cyril Ramaphosa’s security head within weeks of the 2020 break-in, but the president’s protection team did nothing to ensure they were charged.

In an interview with the Office of the Public Protector, Presidential Protection Service (PPS) head Major-General Wally Rhoode insisted he was not “investigating” the Phala Phala break-in when he interviewed one of the farm’s domestic workers, Froliana Joseph, and her brother, Ndilishano “David” Joseph, 30 days after the 9 February 2020 burglary of at least US$580 000. 

Rather, Rhoode said, he was “enquiring” about the break-in. 

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