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Public Protector Mkhwebane still probing into President Ramaphosa’s Bosasa donation

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The Public Protector continues to investigate the supposed donation that the infamous Bosasa made to President Ramaphosa during 2017’s elections campaign.

On Thursday, 6 June 2019, Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane confirmed that she is still investigating President Ramaphosa’s claim that African Global Operations – formerly Bosasa – had deposited R500 000 into his account as a donation towards his CR7 campaign in 2017. However, she has neither confirmed nor denied that she has issued Ramaphosa with a notice that he is implicated in her probe.

Mkhwebane confirmed this in a YouTube video titled “PP: Bosasa investigation ongoing, not yet at a reporting stage”, stating that she wanted to thoroughly investigate the complaint that was lodged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) against the president.

“I’ve had several media inquiries alleging that I finalised the report or I have issued a section 7(9) notice.

“I would want to put it on record that the investigation is at an advanced stage and the report is not yet ready, so I will announce when that time comes,” Mkhwebane said.

However, Business Day alleged that Mkhwebane has, in fact, issued President Ramaphosa with a section 7 (9) notice which details the findings against him. The issuing reportedly took place in the same week that Mkhwebane issued the same notice to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, notifying him of the complaints lodged against him by the Economic Freedom fighters (EFF).

From the beginning of this investigation, Ramaphosa maintained his innocence in the Bosasa debacle, remaining steadfast in his word that the R500 000 was a donation towards his election campaign, and not a personal gift. The presidency further announced that the money remained untouched in an account, claiming that the president was kept in the dark about the identities of donors.

Abenathi Gqomo