Ramaphosa says Public Protector's funds probe not in her jurisdiction

Ramaphosa says Public Protector's funds probe not in her jurisdiction

President Ramaphosa is not happy with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recent findings against him. In a submission to her, the president claims that the findings were unfounded.

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that President Ramaphosa 'deliberately misled' Parliament (and South Africa) when he responded to a question about a R500 000 donation to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign.

The donation came from controversial company, Bosasa in November 2018.

However, President Ramaphosa feels that the findings made by the Public Protector are unfounded, reported News24.

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Apparently, the president said Mkhwebane's findings were 'out of her jurisdiction'.

Briefly.co.za learnt that Ramaphosa gave the Public Protector a 51-page submission on her investigation.

"The president does not accept that the Public Protector has jurisdiction to investigate the CR17 campaign and to make any findings in relation to it."

It appears that Ramaphosa's lawyers argue that his funding campaign was in his capacity as an ANC member and leader, not a public office bearer and that he didn't have to declare his campaign donations, as it was not required by the Executive Ethics Code.

"The Code only requires members to disclose their own financial interests and those of their dependent children. The donations to the CR17 campaign belonged to the campaign and not the president."

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The president has confirmed receiving Mkhwebane's report and said his submissions were not considered properly.

"It is unfortunate, however, that from a cursory reading of the final report, it seems that the President's response to the Section 7(9) notice has not been given due consideration. Nonetheless, the President will study the Public Protector's report and make a decision on any further action."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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