The lingering financial scandal involving Cyril Ramaphosa, which is now under investigation by the public protector is getting even more intense for the president.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that President Cyril Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament when he responded to a question about a R500 000 donation to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign in November last year.
Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson’s R500 000 “donation” to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign in October last year, was designed to be hidden from scrutiny. Piecing together the mechanics of the payment, News24 has found obvious attempts to shield the identity of the donor from the recipient, being Ramaphosa’s campaign.
Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa’s actions were inconsistent with his office as deputy president at the time.
She also found that Ramaphosa breached the Executive Ethics Code by failing to disclose financial interest accrued to him as a result of the donations received for the so-called CR17 campaign.
The Public Protector found that the donation should have been disclosed. Ramaphosa said he disclosed interests every year and continued to do so.
But later that week, the president wrote a letter to then speaker Baleka Mbete, correcting his reply to Maimane. The R500 000 was in fact, a donation to his CR17 campaign (or ANC presidential campaign), by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.
The correction sparked a complaint from Maimane to the Public Protector, who asked Mkhwebane to probe suspicions of money laundering involving the donation and whether Ramaphosa lied to Parliament.
Krugersdorp-based facilities management and security company Bosasa, now named African Global Operations, has come under fire in recent months as bombshell testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry in which it was alleged that the company bribed government officials for years to secure tenders.
Ramaphosa submitted his final response to notices of adverse findings against him, issued by the Public Protector as part of her probe, earlier this month.