President Cyril Ramaphosa's BOSASA donation debacle has reached new heights, with the leader requesting to cross-examine Mmusi Maimane and other witnesses provided by the Public Protector.
President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes to cross-examine witnesses interviewed by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane in her investigation into his BOSASA donation.
This includes Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, who laid a complaint with Mkhwebane late in 2018.
Maimane had claimed that Ramaphosa had misled Parliament when he had responded to a question regarding his R500 000 payment from BOSASA, which the president had initially thought had been for his son, Andile.
Mkhwebane responded to the president's request, saying that his team would need to submit questions so she could determine if it was justifiable:
"Using my discretion in terms of Section 7 (9) of the Public Protector Act, I have requested President Ramaphosa to provide the questions they would want to ask, so that I can determine whether it is justifiable to allow that."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Ramaphosa had been issued with a notice in terms of the Public Protector's investigation.
News24 reports that Mkhwebane has since granted the president an extension until June 21 to respond to the notice, following which the Public Protector will finalise her investigation and issue a report.
Azola Mboniswa, Maimane's spokesperson, said it was clear that Ramaphosa was employing 'Zuma-style' tactics, questioning whistle-blowers and not dealing with the issue:
"We would, however, be jumping the gun if we spoke about whether Mr Maimane will submit himself for cross-examination or not. We have received no formal communication requesting this - all we have is an update from the Public Protector. When that finally comes, Mr Maimane will seek legal advice."
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