- Former DA leader, Tony Leon, has come forward to express his disappointment in the party’s actions regarding SA Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Leon went on to call Mkhwebane “dishonest” and said that the DA was “dumb and naïve” for taking her report at face value
- The Public Protector’s report on Ramaphosa suggests that the SA President may have misled parliament when it came to shady campaign donations
The former President of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Tony Leon, recently called the party “dumb and naïve” for accepting Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on SA President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at face value.
Leon went on to say that it was wrong to so eagerly believe the words of a “dishonest” woman, City Press reported.
“It was a big mistake to accept Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report that Cyril Ramaphosa misled Parliament,” Leon told attendees of a lecture last week.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Leon had also told current DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, this and warned him against accepting the word of Mkhwebane’s report as final.
Last month, another former DA leader, Helen Zille, also criticised Maimane’s stance on Mkhwebane.
“I can understand that they [the DA] referred the matter to the Public Protector because they had no other option … But to accept at face value the report from such a dishonest woman was dumb and naive,” Leon declared.
The report made by the Public Protector on President Ramaphosa implicates him in shady dealings with Bosasa and suggests that the President misled parliament when it came to donations to his 2017 campaign.
Ramaphosa clapped back, claiming that the probe into him was out of Mkhwebane’s jurisdiction as Public Protector.
Mkhwebane, however, believes that she should have “decisional independence” over these matters, like the judges of courts have.
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