- Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been accused of illegally gaining access to emails used in her report against President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Ramaphosa has now challenged Mkhwebane to come clean on how she managed to gain access to his private emails
- This comes as the pair square off over a R500 000 BOSASA donation to his CR17 campaign to lead the ANC
President Cyril Ramaphosa wants Public Protector Busisiswe Mkhwebane to explain how she got hold of his private emails, something she has been accused of illegally doing.
The Citizen reports that Ramaphosa has filed court papers in the midst of an investigation seeking to determine how the leak happened.
Briefly.co.za noted that Mkhwebane's investigation had stemmed from a Democratic Alliance complaint about the President's R500 000 BOSASA donation.
Ramaphosa has submitted an affidavit as part of his ongoing review application of the adverse report, in which he specifically tackles the emails, writes News24.
At the beginning of the review, Mkhwebane had been forced by law to submit all evidence and information that had led her to her conclusion, and Ramaphosa's challenge has come after his team managed to examine the documents the Public Protector submitted.
Alexio Papadopulo, who was paid a hefty sum of R4.8 million by the CR17 campaign for IT operations and security, is adamant that the leak had stemmed from campaign advisor's laptops being hacked.
In light of this, Ramaphosa's affidavit claims that the emails used in Mkhwebane's investigation had been illegally obtained:
“Members of the CR17 campaign did not release these emails to the Public Protector. These emails are also not contained in the FIC [Financial Intelligence Centre] report, therefore they were not supplied to the Public Protector by the FIC, and I did not provide them to the Public Protector either. In the circumstances, these emails could only have been obtained unlawfully.”
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