- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently investigating President Ramaphosa over money-laundering allegations in his ANC presidential campaign
- Ramaphosa's campaign manager has dubbed the probe 'bizarre', claiming that there is nothing to justify this investigation, let alone substantiate it
- Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance - which laid the complaint with Mkhwebane over Ramaphosa's BOSASA donation - has distanced itself from the investigation
President Cyril Ramaphosa's former campaign managers feel it is 'bizarre' that the CR17 campaign is being probed over money-laundering allegations.
Briefly.co.za reported that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has extended her investigation to look into alleged money-laundering in donations to Ramaphosa's ANC presidential campaign.
While DA leader Mmusi Maimane's original complaint had been that Ramaphosa had lied to Parliament about his R500 000 donation to his campaign, Mhkwebane extended her investigation after scrutinising three bank accounts linked to the president.
Bejani Chauke, ex-campaign manager, says that the campaign had been funded by numerous individuals who 'supported the objective' of the campaign.
Chauke explained that funds were paid into accounts established for this purpose, and then used to cover costs such as travel, communications, promotional material and meeting venues for the campaign:
"In the process, all legal and regulatory requirements were met. There is no basis whatsoever for even a suspicion of money-laundering."
While the former campaign managers are cooperating with Mkhwebane in her investigation, Chauke commented that:
"It is significant that in addition to the entirely baseless claims of money laundering, the amounts referred to in media reports are wholly inaccurate. We are concerned that claims of this nature are being drip fed into the public space with the clear intention to damage the reputation of the president and to create uncertainty."
The office of the presidency has confirmed that Ramaphosa had been given an extension to respond to Mkhwebane's notice, and will be filing his response over the course of the next few days.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has distanced itself from the investigation which stemmed from a complaint that they filed, saying that they had not expected Mkhwebane to broaden the investigation to include money-laundering claims, reports BusinessLIVE.
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