Public Protector and President Ramaphosa to meet over BOSASA payment

Public Protector and President Ramaphosa to meet over BOSASA payment

- The President and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane are due to meet today to discuss the R500 000 payment from BOSASA

-This follows accusations that he had deliberately lied in Parliament about the payment

- According to Khusela Diko, Ramaphosa had requested the meeting in order to clarify the issue and lay any complaints to rest

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to meet with Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector, today in Pretoria to clarify the confusion surrounding a payment he received from the controversial BOSASA.

According to News24, Khusela Diko (spokesperson for the Presidency) has confirmed that Ramaphosa wanted to address complaints that he had deliberately been deceptive about the payment.

This follows Mkhwebane confirming last week that she would investigate whether or not the President had been dishonest about a campaign donation he had received from African Global Operations (formerly BOSASA).

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The Public Protector's decision came in response to opposition leaders, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema, stating on numerous occasions that the President had lied to Parliament.

BOSASA, which has enjoyed government contracts amounting to billions of rands, has recently been implicated in alleged widespread corruption.

In his testimony to the State Capture Inquiry, former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi alleged that numerous high-ranking government officials accepted bribes from the company. This has placed the donation to Ramaphosa under a suspicious light.

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Ramaphosa initially told Parliament that his son Andile had received funding from the company for services rendered in a consultancy contract.

The President later on retracted the response in a letter to Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker.

In the letter, Ramaphosa explained that the payment had actually been a donation he had previously been unaware of.

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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Malema had threatened to apply for the State of Nation Address to be changed into a question-and-answer session should Ramaphosa not clarify his dealings with BOSASA.

According to the Presidential spokesperson, Ramaphosa has requested the meeting in order to set the record straight and to clarify any complaints.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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