Deputy President Mashatile Denies Allegations of Luxury Lifestyle and State Capture Links

…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media. Deputy President Paul Mashatile has issued a response to the News24 investigations article titled ‘MASHATILE UNMASKED | The secret luxury life and state capture links of a president-in-waiting’ on Wednesday, 28 June.

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Mashatile categorically denied the allegations, stating that they are unsubstantiated.

Presidency Denies Allegations and Highlights Lack of Evidence

They emphasized that the allegations against the Deputy President lack substantiation and, if left unchallenged, could create a negative impression regarding his commitment to upholding his oath of office and the concerns of the public.

News24 reported that Mashatile and his alleged benefactors did not respond to requests for comment.

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Mashatile’s Commitment to Oath of Office Reaffirmed

The Presidency reiterated that Deputy President Mashatile denies all allegations of wrongdoing and reaffirms his dedication to his oath of office.

They criticized News24 for relying on innuendo, suggestion, and guilt by association without providing concrete evidence of misconduct.

The statement expressed disappointment in this approach to journalism, suggesting that it could hinder rather than promote accountability in public life.

DA Lodges Complaint with Public Protector

The Democratic Alliance (DA), the official opposition party, announced their intention to lodge a complaint with the Public Protector against Deputy President Mashatile and ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula.

The DA labeled the controversy surrounding these politicians as ‘State Capture 2.0’, drawing parallels to the events of the previous State Capture era during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure.

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The party highlighted allegations of Mashatile’s luxurious lifestyle and Mbalula’s alleged loan from the COO of the National Lotteries Commission.

Complaint Lodged to Address Allegations

DA National spokesperson Solly Malatsi stated that they would submit the complaint to the Public Protector’s Office in Cape Town on Thursday morning.

The complaint aims to seek investigation and clarity on the allegations made against Deputy President Mashatile and ANC Secretary General Mbalula.

The DA believes that these allegations undermine public trust and accountability, and they are committed to pursuing the matter further.

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