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.
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.
Briefly.co.za 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.
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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