SCOPA chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa insists that the public should know who is funding the president's legal bills. Hlengwa says that this would avoid more leaks, which are more harmful to President Cyril Ramaphosa's reputation than coming clean.
Standing Committee on Public Accounts Chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa wants Ramaphosa to tell Parliament who is funding his battle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Briefly.co.za reported that Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane had written to the president, urging him to use his own funds to fight the adverse findings against him.
Hlengwa seems to agree with the opposition leader, saying that Ramaphosa must explain why public funds should be used to fight a personal battle:
“It is all good and well if he is paying in his personal capacity but where public funds are being used, it is prudent for the president to open up and prevent another leak, because leaks raise questions. He must rather take us into confidence.”
Maimane's spokesperson Azola Mboniswa revealed that the DA head is still waiting on a response from the president, reports The Citizen:
“Even before the report on the Bosasa matter came out, he wrote to the president asking him to take an undertaking that once he sees the report and decides to take it under review, he must be using his own resources to pay for legal fees."
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