- Journalist Karyn Maughan claims that the Public Protector has served Cyril Ramaphosa with a notice in connection to the R500 000 his election campaign received from Bosasa's Gavin Watson
- She says the claim has been confirmed by sources in the Presidency
- Maughan says that the Public Protector is trying to determine whether Ramaphosa knowingly misled Parliament
Journalist Karyn Maughan says she has learned from insiders that Cyril Ramaphosa has been served with a notice from the Public Protector regarding the R500 000 paid by Gavin Watson to his election campaign.
Maughn said that the president has ten days in which to respond to the notice.
She described the situation as being "high stakes" for both Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
According to Maughan, the Public Protector is trying to determine whether the president misled Parliament with regard to the payment. Gavin Watson, who made the payment, is the former Bosasa CEO who has been linked to extensive corruption, including shady dealings with former president Jacob Zuma.
If Ramaphosa is found to have knowingly received dubious funds from Watson, this would almost certainly deal significant damage to his credibility as a clean-governance reformer within the ANC.
Additionally, lying to Parliament is a crime and potentially comes with a two year jail sentence. If found guilty, it could spell the end of Ramaphosa's presidency.
While the notice has yet to be officially confirmed, Maughan claims that she has the information on good authority. She attributes the information to sources within the Presidency as well as the Public Protector's office, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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