Public Protector: Ramaphosa mislead Parliament

By Doug Mattushek - 19 July 2019Views : 294

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that President Cyril Ramaphosa deliberately mislead Parliament when he was confronted on a donation made.

Ramaphosa's son Andile received a donation of R500 000 from Gavin Watson, the CEO of embattled company African Global Operation, formerly known as Bosasa. Mkhwebane report claims Ramaphosa personally benefited from the donation to his 'CR17' political campaign.

"The allegations that on 6 November 2019, during a question and answer session in parliament, President Ramaphosa deliberately misled the National Assembly, is substantiated," reads the report.

"He deliberately misled parliament, in that he should have allowed himself sufficient time to research on a well-informed response. By misleading parliament, Ramaphosa had also violated the constitution."

Mkhwebane's report went on to say the donation was a form of sponsorship that Ramaphosa failed to disclose.

"In light of the evidence before me, it can be safely concluded that the campaign pledges towards the CR17 campaign were some form of sponsorship, and that they were direct financial sponsorship or assistance from non-party sources other than a family member or permanent companion and were, therefore, benefits of a material nature," it continued.

"I have evidence which indicates that some of the money collected through the CR17 campaign trust account was also into the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation account from where it was also transferred to other beneficiaries.

"Failure to disclose the said material benefits, including a donation from AGO (Bosasa), constitutes a breach of the code."