All smoke, no fire: DA clears Maimane in Steinhoff Fortuner drama

All smoke, no fire: DA clears Maimane in Steinhoff Fortuner drama

- The Democratic Alliance has announced the outcome of the investigation into Mmusi Maimane

- The opposition leader had been in the spotlight recently over his Cape Town home and a Fortuner rented for his use by Steinhoff

- The party has revealed that no evidence had been found of any wrongdoing in both incidents

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The Democratic Alliance probe into Mmusi Maimane has ended and apparently the drama surrounding him recently was all smoke and no fire.

Briefly.co.za reported that an investigation had been launched into the politicians Cape Town home and a vehicle funding by the now-defunct company, Steinhoff.

Maimane had been facing backlash after 'anonymous leaks' had led to 'public speculation', leading him to suspect a 'smear campaign' against him allegedly originating from within the party.

In a statement on the investigation, released by Federal Finance Chairperson Dr Dion George, the DA said Maimane had been found innocent.

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George explained that Maimane had indeed used a Fortuner funded by Steinhoff, commenting:

"As it relates to travel arrangements, Mr Maimane did enjoy the use of a Toyota Fortuner in the Western Cape, donated to the party by Steinhoff via their subsidiary, Hertz. After the Steinhoff scandal broke, the car was returned. There was a delay due in part to the leader’s international trip to the USA and a Federal Congress taking place in Gauteng."

As for concerns over the R4 million home Maimane listed as an asset in a parliamentary declaration, the investigation found:

"As it relates to the Leader’s home, it has been established that no formal lease document exists. However, Mr Maimane has paid rent covering each month he and his family have lived in the house."

George concluded the statement by reiterating that no signs of illicit activity had been found:

"Therefore I am satisfied that there exists no financial illegality on behalf of Mr Maimane as it pertains to both the house and the car."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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