Mkhwebane won't challenge Cyril's interdict but she isn't backing down

Mkhwebane won't challenge Cyril's interdict but she isn't backing down

- Busisiwe Mkhebane will not be challenging Cyril Ramaphosa's interdict against her Bosasa report

- However, her spokesperson says this does not mean she is backing down

- Ramaphosa, meanwhile, claims that Mkhwebane has shown a "grave misunderstanding of the law"

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A spokesperson for Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that the Public Protector will not oppose the application for an interim interdict against her Bosasa report.

The application was brought forward by Cyril Ramaphosa.

However, the Public Protector's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, stressed that this "does not mean she is backing down".

The report is in connection with donations made to Ramaphosa's 2017 election campaign for the ANC presidency.

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The Public Protector's legal representatives say that they opposed Ramaphosa's application for an interdict but would not oppose it in court. They say this is because Mkhwebane wants a "speedy determination" of the matter.

Additionally, Mkhwebane's lawyers will reportedly be providing the Pretoria High Court with the evidence on which she based her ruling that Ramaphosa had deliberately misled Parliament regarding his campaign donations, has gathered.

There has been speculation that this evidence may include the emails between Ramaphosa and his campaign manager which were leaked by News24 over the weekend. The emails indicated that Ramaphosa was more involved in fundraising than he had initially claimed. 

According to The Sowetan, Mkhwebane's legal representatives will also present evidence of money laundering in connection to the campaign donations.

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However, Ramaphosa says that Mkhwebane has no evidence for any suspicion of a prima facie case of money laundering.

He also claims that the Public Protector has "shown a grave misunderstanding of the law". For example, the president argues that Mkhwebane has confused corruption and money laundering when they are in fact two separate legal concepts.

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