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Ramaphosa's appointment of Mahlobo raises questions about his anti-corruption drive

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Former president Jacob Zuma and David Mahlobo during his question and answer session at the National Assembly on November 2, 2017. (Gallo Images)
Former president Jacob Zuma and David Mahlobo during his question and answer session at the National Assembly on November 2, 2017. (Gallo Images)

Five days after damning evidence emerged in the commission of inquiry into state capture about millions stolen from the country's intelligence agencies with his alleged assistance, David Mahlobo is still in the executive.

President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mahlobo in his position as deputy Minister of Human Settlements in May 2019, six months after receiving this information in a report from a high-level panel he himself appointed to probe what went wrong in the State Security Agency (SSA).

In an affidavit on Monday to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry by the chairperson of the panel, Sydney Mufamadi, said that Mahlobo, while Minister of State Security, channeled R2.5 million per month in the 2015/16 financial year and then R4.5 million the next, to then president Jacob Zuma. He said there was no proof that he received it.

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