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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