President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to answer questions in parliament on Thursday, and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will take on Ramaphosa over the R500 000 Bosasa donation to his CR17 campaign.
The president will be probed
Leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane will probe the president on whether he intends to institute an independent inquiry, to be headed by a retired judge selected by chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. To intensely investigate the state-capture allegations involving corruption-accused company Bosasa, now African Global Operations. The Bosasa boss Gavin Watson donated R500,000 to Ramaphosa’s successful CR17 campaign to become ANC president in December 2017.
“There can’t be double standards. President Ramaphosa has appointed independent inquiries to investigate corruption elsewhere. Now the same standard must apply to him and his family.”
The donation has since become a burden in the Ramaphosa camp. The embattled public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, discovered that Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliament about the donation. Maimane complained to Mkhwebane late in 2018 after Ramaphosa initially told parliament it was a consultancy payment from Bosasa to his son, Andile Ramaphosa.
“He must appoint an independent inquiry to investigate Bosasa’s enormous and likely corrupt influence on the government and the ANC. This inquiry should also determine whether the President lied to Parliament when he answered my question in the House about this payment.”
Maimane: Mkhwebane lacks both the impartiality and technical ability required
The first meeting of the DA’s federal executive after the convening of Parliament took place on Saturday, and Maimane announced that he would engage Ramaphosa in the national legislature over the donation. Which he referred to Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane for investigation last year, during Thursday’s scheduled oral question and answer session.
“The DA was the only party that objected to Mkhwebane’s appointment almost two years ago, citing the very concerns which have now manifested themselves in the daily operation of her office. Mkhwebane lacks both the impartiality and technical ability required to justify her continued occupation of the role of public protector, and there is little evidence to suggest otherwise. She must be removed at once.”
Maimane is just getting started
Maimane further stated that the questions around Mkhwebane’s objectivity and ability are not directly linked to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged delinquency as it involves Bosasa.
“We will not relent in our pursuit of accountability because the principle of equality before the law must be upheld, and the office of the public protector must be respected regardless of whether the incumbent is fit to hold office.”