Ramaphosa takes Public Protector report to judicial review

By Doug Mattushek - 22 July 2019Views : 610

President Cyril Ramaphosa released a statement on Sunday evening addressing Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's scathing report.

Mkhwebane's report, released on Friday, claims Ramaphosa mislead parliament when asked to explain a donation to his presidential campaign from then-Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

Ramaphosa stated that while his legal team found the report “fundamentally and irretrievably flawed”, an independent judicial review will be tasked with assessing the findings.

"I have decided to take this action not out of disrespect for the Public Protector as a crucial institution of our democracy, but in the expectation that the institution will ultimately be strengthened by an independent and impartial judicial review," said Ramaphosa.

The president added that he had "decided to take this action not only to protect the rights that the constitution affords me as a person, but also to preserve the integrity of the office that I occupy."

The ANC will also discuss the issue, as Ramaphosa believes donor funding is an internal matter. He went on to say that in the past, leaders did not have to disclose their financial backers.

"The ANC being the type of organisation it is, will want to discuss all these matters and they will be discussed as they should because they are intra-party matters...they are organisational matters," Ramaphosa continued.

"We never had a process like this before. It has been raised that we should discuss precisely how all this happened, time will come for us to discuss all this."