- The president claims that his campaign tried to return the money
- He also denies misleading parliament about the payment
- This comes after the public protector announced an investigation into Ramaphosa and the Bosasa payment
Cyril Ramaphosa says that his campaign attempted to hand back the R500 000 donation from Gavin Watson, but were unsuccessful.
He made the comments while speaking with public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Mkhwebane is investigating the president on allegations that he lied to parliament when he explained that the Bosasa money was actually a payment to his son.
This comes after weeks of explosive testimony before the Zondo Commission by several former Bosasa executives.
The revelations have implicated Bosasa in a vast corruption network, including hundreds of millions of rands in bribes paid to various government officials.
Ramaphosa, however, says that there was nothing shady about Gavin Watson's donation. He says he has no relationship with Bosasa.
He also claims that his son was doing business with Bosasa and that there was nothing untoward about their arrangements.
Ramaphosa also denied lying to parliament, according to TimesLive.
The president's meeting with Mkhwebane follows the DA's call on Ramaphosa to reveal publicly all the information regarding his son's involvement with Bosasa. They have also demanded that a commission of inquiry be opened into the company.
This comes in the wake of mounting public pressure on government to take action against those implicated in state capture, including Nomvula Mokonyabe and Jacob Zuma.
The allegations of underhand deals regarding Gavin Watson's donation to the president are especially problematic for Ramaphosa, considering that he has vowed repeatedly to root out government corruption.
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