Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has told DA leader Mmusi Maimane that her report investigation on the R500 000 Bosasa donation to the president will only be ready after elections.
On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane sat in a meeting with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for a report back on a request he, alongside Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, had asked of the public protector. The two opposition leaders asked her to investigate whether President Ramaphosa had lied and misled Parliament when he responded to questions about the R500 000 donation from Bosasa.
At his recent testimonial, the president’s son, Andile Ramaphosa, revealed that he had received R2 million from Bosasa (now African Global Operations) through his company Blue Crane Capital. Andile also confirmed that Bosasa had made a R500 000 donation towards his father’s CR17 campaign, which saw him become president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2017.
The president’s office later confirmed Andile’s claims, but clarified that the amount had not been used, but was in a trust account. The statement from the president’s office also stated that the president was kept in the dark about the identities of donors.
Addressing the media after his meeting with the public protector, Maimane said he had been assured by Mkhwebane that the matter was receiving the highest attention possible and that he was pleased.
“This matter is receiving the highest attention possible and that it will not be possible in the short term to complete to the investigation because, as it’s been happening now, there are layers and layers of issues that are emerging as various role players are coming on board.
“The report will not be finalised before election day on May 8. I came to make that request,” Maimane said.