“It has also been alleged that Kodwa accompanied Maj-Gen Wally Rhoode, head of the presidential protection unit, during secret interactions between SA and Namibian authorities,” National Assembly speaker Mapisa-Nqakula said in a letter to JSCI chair Jerome Maake last Friday.
Kodwa told SowetanLIVE’s sister publication TimesLIVE on Friday that he found out about the robbery when it was reported in the media this year.
“This is made-up gossip, deliberate diversion, pure fabrication and baseless. I have no prior knowledge of the alleged theft at Phala Phala until when it was reported in the media.”
He said this was what he would tell the JSCI when he appeared before it.
“I welcome the investigation by the intelligence committee as I already responded to them with the same answers. This is a fishing expedition.”
Former spy boss Arthur Fraser alleged in June that at least $4m (about R65m) was stolen from Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in February 2020.
He further alleged that Ramaphosa failed to report the robbery and instead unleashed Rhoode to investigate and cover it up by, among others, interrogating and paying off the alleged robbers.