Maimane: I asked Mkhwebane to look into money-laundering all along

Maimane: I asked Mkhwebane to look into money-laundering all along

Mmusi Maimane has set the record straight, saying that the Democratic Alliance had requested that the Public Protector look into allegations of money-laundering concerning President Cyril Ramaphosa. This comes after reports claimed that the party had distanced themselves from Busisiwe Mkhwebane's investigation.

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The Democratic Alliance has not distanced themselves from the Public Protector's investigation into Ramaphosa, with Mmusi Maimane clearing the air.

The DA leader released a statement saying that the party has never distanced itself from the investigation, or the contents thereof. reported earlier that the Public Protector was looking into the possibility of money-laundering in Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign.

BusinessLIVE had reported that the DA had distanced themselves from the investigation, denying that they formally requested for money-laundering allegations to be probed.

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Mmusi Maimane commented in the statement that the Democratic Alliance had been suspicious from the onset:

“While the focus of my complaint was on the president’s misleading of the house and his conflict of interest with Bosasa, the manner in which the ‘donation’ was allegedly paid – not directly but through attorneys trust accounts – raised the suspicion of financial irregularities and possible money-laundering."

Maimane then quoted the original complaint, revealing that the party had indeed been suspicious of the payment:

“The nature of the payment, passing through several intermediaries, does not accord with a straightforward donation and raises the suspicion of money laundering. The alleged donor is further widely reported to have received billions of Rands in state tenders, often in irregular fashion.”

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