Public Protector clears the air on Ramaphosa's money-laundering probe

Public Protector clears the air on Ramaphosa's money-laundering probe

The Office of the Public Protector denies extending the scope of its probe into President Cyril Ramaphosa's BOSASA investigation to include possible money-laundering for all his campaign donations. This comes after reports that Mkhwebane had subpoenaed bank statements for three of the president's accounts.

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The Office of the Public Protector has confirmed looking into the possibility of money-laundering in their investigation into Ramaphosa's BOSASA investigation.

Oupa Segalwe, spokesperson for Busisiwe Mkhwebane, cleared up the confusion, commenting that:

"We are only seized with the matter of the R500 000. We do not have the jurisdiction to investigate political funding."

The Sunday Times had previously reported that Mkhwebane had subpoenaed bank statements, including the one used to house CR17 campaign donations, resulting in the claim that the Public Protector was now looking into possible money-laundering.

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Without getting into specifics put forward in the report, Segalwe commented that:

"Money laundering is part of the complaint before the Public Protector. It was always part and parcel of what [DA leader Mmusi] Maimane asked her to look into. What we are not investigating is party political funding. We have dealt only with what Maimane brought before us."

In other words, the Public Protector will not be looking into the origins of around R400 million paid to the campaign, but specifically the BOSASA payment, which was reportedly paid through a front company to hide the origin of the funds.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Maimane had clarified that the DA had asked the Public Protector to look into the way in which the R500 000 payment was made.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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