Public Protector: Ramaphosa investigation won't be done by elections

Public Protector: Ramaphosa investigation won't be done by elections

-- The Public Protector says the investigation into Cyril Ramaphosa and Bosasa will also look at money laundering claims

- However, she said it would not be completed before the elections

- As a result, Mmusi Maimane says Ramaphosa will go into the election with many unanswered questions hanging over him

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has said that the investigation into Cyril Ramaphosa's relationship with Bosasa will only be completed after the May elections.

Additionally, she said the investigation may expand to include money-laundering as well.

This comes after Mkhwebane met with DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, to discuss the progress of the investigation.

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During their meeting, Maimane reportedly raised his party's concern that the investigation was taking too long. The DA first filed its complaint about Ramaphosa's alleged ties to Bosasa five months ago. 

Mkhwebane, however, said that the process would not be completed before the election as more work still needed to be done, according to News24.

The investigation is looking into the R500 000 payment made by Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson, to Ramaphosa's campaign for the ANC leadership, among other allegations.

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The suspicion around Ramaphosa's relationship with Bosasa intensified after the president made a misleading statement to Parliament concerning his son's business with the corruption-linked company. 

As a result, and because the Public Protector's investigation is still ongoing, Mmusi Maimane says Ramaphosa will go into this year's election with many unanswered questions hanging over him.

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The DA leader added that the relationship between the president, his son and Bosasa amounted to a conflict of interest, Briefly.co.za learnt.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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