Court Rules In Favour Of Ramaphosa - Public Protector Report Interdicted
: 2019-08-12 12:09:03

On Monday 12 August 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa interdicted the entire report of the Public Protector Advocate, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, on his 500,000 rand Bosasa donation, pending his review application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. In her report, Mkhwebane came to the conclusion that there was merit to allegations of money laundering, based on the facts before her.

Mkhwebane detailed how the 500,000 rand donation by Bosasa boss, Gavin Watson, made its way to the CR17 trust account, noting that it went through several intermediaries before landing in Ramaphosa's campaign fund. She also found that just over 191 million rand was transferred into the CR17 account between December 2016 and January 2018. Around the same amount was transferred out of the account during the same period, Mkhwebane said. She added that three amounts of around 31 million rand, 39 million rand, and more than 51 million rand were transferred by the same donor into the CR17 account.

"In conclusion, on the above revelations relating to the exchanges of large sums of money, some of which were received from private companies, I wish to express my preliminary view that such a scenario, when looked at carefully, creates a situation of the risk of some sort of state capture by those donating these monies to the campaign," Mkhwebane said.

Ramaphosa then decided to take Mkhwebane's report, in which it was found that he had violated the executive code of ethics, on urgent judicial review. Mkhwebane did not oppose Ramaphosa's application for interim relief, however, her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe recently said the move "does not mean she is backing down". News24 previously revealed that leaked emails from the CR17 campaign showed that Ramaphosa was consulted by his campaign managers on certain potential donors, despite consistent denials that he was involved in the fundraising efforts of the campaign.

The emails obtained by News24 formed part of Mkhwebane’s report into complaints by the DA and EFF over a response given by Ramaphosa to DA leader Mmusi Maimane in Parliament in November 2018. Maimane asked about a supposed payment to the president’s son, Andile Ramaphosa, from corruption-accused company Bosasa.

Source: News24 Website

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