As we head towards the final few days before next week’s elections, don’t expect the leaders of any major political parties to exchange pleasantries with each other. Mmusi Maimane has continued his campaign against Cyril Ramaphosa, and this time, he’s suggesting the president needs his tax affairs auditing.
Mmusi Maimane wants SARS to investigate Cyril Ramaphosa
Maimane has made the call in the wake of a Sunday Times report from the weekend, which claims that 83 people who received bribes from Bosasa – ranging from ANC members to the politically-connected – are all the target of a SARS operations to reclaim almost R250 million in unpaid taxes.
Jacob Zuma may also be in hot water regarding irregularities with his charity foundation, but Maimane is strictly interested in the current president, rather than the previous one. Of course, both Cyril and his son Andile have been the subject of intense speculation over their relationship with Bosasa, and a string of illicit payments.
The Bosasa connection
It has previously been revealed that Andile Ramaphosa received millions from the security services company, as the businessman gave the firm his business. Now, the leader of the opposition wants SARS to declare the Ramaphosas “persons of interest” – and if they don’t, Maimane has vowed to push his case even further.
“We all know Cyril and Andile received money from Bosasa. If the rest of the R75 million that Bosasa paid to ANC politicians each year were bribes, as was revealed in the Zondo Commission testimony, then it would be crazy to think that the money paid to these two was something else.”
“I’ll write to SARS to establish whether both Ramaphosa senior and junior are part of their 83-person investigation. And if their names are not yet on the list, I will request that the SARS investigation be extended to include them as well.”
The state capture inquiry got its second wind at the start of the year when ex-Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi dropped bombshell after bombshell when lifting the lid on his former company. Their bribery empire most certainly rivalled that of the Guptas, and SARS are set to go after those who have already been named and shamed.