Public Protector's 'leaked' Ramaphosa report could be ANC backlash

Public Protector's 'leaked' Ramaphosa report could be ANC backlash

- Analysts say that the 'leaked' report alleging that the Public Protector has found President Cyril Ramaphosa guilty of lying about his BOSASA donation is part of factional battles within the ANC

- The report, which has yet to be confirmed as authentic, has managed to cast aspersions on the president's credibility

- Levy Ndou, political analyst, says that the timing of the 'leak' could be seen as a fight-back tactic from the anti-Ramaphosa factions within the party

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Tshwane University of Technology-based political analyst, Levy Ndou, says that while the authenticity of the leaked provisional report was questionable, perception counted for a lot in politics.

This reaction comes as a report alleging that the Public Protector has found the president guilty of misleading Parliament of his R500 000 BOSASA donation, which Ndou says has served it's intended purpose - bringing Ramaphosa's credibility into question.

With the president presenting himself as an anti-corruption crusader, it would be doubly-damaging if the findings turned out to be true.

The timing of the 'leak', according to the analyst, could be considered a fight-back tactic from those in the anti-Ramaphosa camp.

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With the spotlight on ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule for his comments on the SA Reserve Bank, it made it too convenient that the 'leaked report' has surfaced just in time to divert attention away from the debacle. reported at the time that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had rubbished Magashule's claims, pointing to deep divisions within the ruling party.

Ndou is adamant that the report could only have come from one of two sources: either factions within the ANC wishing to tarnish Ramaphosa or the opposition parties:

“It is obviously damaging to the president. Though the public protector is yet to release the final report, aspersions have been cast and Ramaphosa can only pray that the final report finds otherwise. The so-called leaked report is part of the factional battles within the party and a backlash by those criticised for the central bank mandate debacle.”

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In particular, the Democratic Alliance stands to benefit from painting the ANC as dishonest, with leader Mmusi Maimane requesting Mkhwebane releases the report by tomorrow.

According to The Citizen, the time frame allowed for the matter to be sorted and a report issued has come and gone months ago.

Maimane called for Ramaphosa to be treated as equal before the law and held to account, commenting that:

“The immediate release of this report will leave no room for further leaks and speculation and allow the public and parliament to hold President Ramaphosa to account for his actions."

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