A recent press release from the Democratic Alliance concerning the alleged R500 000 deal between Bosasa and Andile Ramaphosa has twisted some of the facts, Briefly.co.za explores the truth of the situation
In a press statement released this weekend, the Democratic Alliance claimed that African Global Operations (AGO) had denied it had any contract with Andile Ramaphosa, son of the current president Cyril Ramaphosa.
These claims turned out to be a distortion of the facts put forward by AGO’s response to the DA’s Public Access to Information Act request and it has since been found that parts of the DA’s statement were misleading.
The DA had claimed that AGO denied the existence of a contract between themselves and Andile Ramaphosa despite the President’s confirmation.
However, AGO did not deny that the contract exists, it simply responded that no contract fitting the DA’s description exists.
The DA had specifically requested "The contract and invoice for R500 000 financial consulting services provided by the President’s son, Andile Ramaphosa, to Bosasa (now African Global Operations)."
AGO had responded that no record existed matching the Democratic Alliance's description.
AGO had relied on the language in the request of the DA to decline their PAIA application. The company is simply saying that it had never finalised a contract with Andile that fits the description supplied by the party.
This response from the DA stems from an answer given by Cyril Ramaphosa to a question posed to him at Parliament by Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA.
The president had stated that he had seen the contract between his son’s company and AGO and had been satisfied that it was above board.
Cyril Ramaphosa corrected his initial response in a letter to the National Assembly Speaker and a scandal ensued.
The president had explained that he had realised the R500 000 payment which had been questioned had actually been a donation made to his presidential campaign.
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