- The DA claims that the law firm which made the payment is linked to the Gupta's
- Ramaphosa initially denied that he received the donation from Bosasa, but later admitted he did receive it
- The DA wants an independent commission of inquiry established to investigate the donation
The DA has released a statement today saying that there is a link between the donation received by President Cyril Ramaphosa's for his election campaign from Bosasa and the Gupta's. The DA says that there is a link between a law firm that was administering a so called “slush fund” from which Ramaphosa received the R500 000 and the Gupta's.
Earlier in the month it came to light that Bosasa had contributed R500 000 to Ramaphosa's election campaign. DA leader Mmusi Maimane originally raised the issue in Parliament, asking Ramaphosa about the donation. At the time, Ramaphosa said that the payment was to his son for consultancy work, but later said that he found out the donation was made by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson and that it went to his campaign. Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Ramaphosa said that he would repay the donation made by Bosasa.
It is said that the law firm Edelstein, Farber and Grobler (EFG), which administered the trust fund which the donation was paid into, is linked to Trillian Capital, one of a number of Gupta owned companies implicated in state capture. It was found that a director of EFG was also a director of Trillian.
The DA says that they want Ramaphosa to establish a commission of inquiry, which would be headed by a retired judge and would be an independent inquiry into the so-called “Bosasa scandal”. Maimane accused the whole ANC of being corrupt, and said that he would communicate with Ramaphosa to establish a commission.