DA reports Mahlobo to PP for ‘bald-face lie’ in Parliament


The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday reported State Security Minister David Mahlobo to the Public Protector, for “deliberately misleading Parliament and the public”.

Responding to an oral question from DA MP Belinda Bozzoli in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the minister stated that Fees Must Fall student leader Mcebo Dlamini has never been to his home. He further suggested that the visit was not a fact and simply gleaned “from a newspaper article”.

This statement contradicts a previous one made by Mahlobo when he, while participating in a panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Security Studies on 14 November, said: “I happen to know Mcebo [Dlamini]. He has been to my house several times.”

But when answering Bozzoli’s question earlier this week, Minister Mahlobo said: “The meeting never took place. Mcebo Dlamini has not been in my house.”

DA deputy chief whip Mike Waters in a statement on Thursday said the he will lay a complaint with the Public Protector, by invoking the Executive Members Ethics Act, which states that “Members of the Executive may not wilfully mislead the legislature to which they are accountable”.