Cape Town – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) asserts that it possesses ample evidence connecting the suspects to the break-in at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged 2020 theft saw Ramaphosa accused of trying to cover-up the crime
The charges against the trio include theft, housebreaking with intent to steal, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
The third suspect, the brother of a former employee at the game farm, was arrested on Thursday after he handed himself over to police in Bela Bela, EWN reported.
[WATCH] Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, NPA Limpopo Spokesperson, said the third suspect is the brother of Froliana Joseph, former employee at Phala Phala
Malabi-Dzhangi said the state won’t be opposing bail for Joseph as she is a mother to a newborn baby that requires breast milk. TCG pic.twitter.com/ezLEIdyLC0
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 10, 2023
Two other suspects, Imanuwela David and Froliana Joseph, were arrested earlier in the week and were scheduled to appear in court.
According to The Citizen, the NPA indicated that bail may not be opposed for Joseph due to her having a one-year-old baby who requires breastfeeding.
“We’ve got sufficient evidence to link the suspects to the burglary,” the report quoted NPA Limpopo spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi as saying.
The investigation is ongoing, and the suspects are accused of concealing the robbery, with allegations that the president paid off the thieves for their silence.
Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka recently cleared Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing in the handling of the theft.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu