Absa rubbishes Public Protector’s claims that they refused to cooperate

Absa rubbishes Public Protector’s claims that they refused to cooperate

- Banking group, Absa, is currently under fire from South Africa’s Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, for refusing to cooperate in a probe investigating President Cyril Ramaphosa

- Absa has subsequently denied that they did so

- According to Mkhwebane, Absa received a subpoena regarding the matter, but the company refutes that they received the document

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South Africa’s Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, recently slammed banking group, Absa, for refusing to cooperate with a probe that is looking into President Ramaphosa.

The powerful banking group has now come forward to deny these claims, Business Day reported.

Mkhwebane explained that her office had sent through a subpoena to Absa, in regards to the investigation on Ramaphosa.

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However, Absa’s spokesperson, Phumza Macanda, denies that the company received the document.

“We wish to place on record that Absa is not aware of such a subpoena and therefore has not refused to co-operate with her investigation,” Macanda declared.

The bank group’s spokesperson continued on to explain that Absa had received 2 separate subpoenas over the last year, but none which referred to the investigation regarding President Ramaphosa.

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“In the past 12 months, Absa has received two subpoenas from the public protector and has, in accordance with the law, complied with them. These subpoenas did not involve any information relating to the president … The public protector's assertion is therefore refuted,” Macanda told media representatives.

Briefly.co.za reported on Mkhwebane’s findings regarding Ramaphosa earlier this week.

According to the Public Protector, Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament in relation to his BOSASA donation.

Ramaphosa previously expressed that he was unhappy with Mkhwebane’s decision to pursue the probe into his violation of sections of the constitution.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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