Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Public Protector’s probe into Cyril Ramaphosa shelved until post-elections

Cyril RamaphosaMaimane welcomed the Public Protector’s call for a delay in the investigation.

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The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) hopes of having the Public Protector launch the probe into President Cyril Ramaphosa may have been stomped on after it was revealed to Mmusi Maimane that there may be further delays in attending to their complaint.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane was quoted in the City Press as saying that the probe into the president may include a wider scope than what she had initially thought.

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As reported by the Citizen, Mkhwebane may have to look into the possibility of Ramaphosa’s involvement in money laundering.

However, the let down is that the investigation may only launch after the upcoming general elections.

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The Public Protector was compelled to look into Ramaphosa after the DA, five months ago, took up an issue with Andile Ramaphosa’s apparent connection to Bosasa, the embattled facilities management company whose entire existence, it seems, was funded by the public purse.

There are also issues related to the R500 000 donation Ramaphosa received from Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson, for his ANC presidential campaign that the DA flagged with Mkhwebane, among others.

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Maimane revealed that he had met with Mkhwebane in an attempt to speed up the process.

He stated that it had been “five months to the day since President Ramaphosa misled parliament about the conflict of interest between him, his son, Andile Ramaphosa, and Bosasa – the company that has been actively bribing ANC officials for almost 20 years”.

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He also understood, however, that the trail runs deep and that Mkhwebane would need more time to unravel the web of capture that allegedly exists between the president and the Watson dynasty.

“Therefore, the public protector has decided to significantly widen the ambit of the investigation to include other issues uncovered during the investigation – including possible financial irregularities – and that this investigation will continue well past election day on 8 May.

“This means Cyril Ramaphosa will go into a general election with serious allegations of corruption hanging over his head,” Maimane asserted.

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Thus far, Mkhwebane has begun engagements with the president, Maimane confirmed. She has also subpoenaed both parties’ (Ramaphosa and Watson) bank statements and requested an affidavit from the president’s son.

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