- Mmusi Maimane has weighed in on the developments surrounding his complaint against Cyril Ramaphosa
- Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on the matter was declared unlawful and dismissed on Tuesday
- But the former DA leader insists that Ramaphosa still needs to answer for the R500 000 BOSASA donation
Mmusi Maimane has given his opinion on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report being dismissed.
Maimane had personally filled the complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa over his infamous R500 000 BOSASA donation.
This had come after Ramaphosa incorrectly claimed that funds were paid to his son, Andile, for business he had done with the controversial company. Ramaphosa later retracted this statement and clarified it had been a donation to his CR17 campaign.
Briefly.co.za reported that the court had declared Mkhwebane's report unlawful, finding no evidence to substantiate allegations of money laundering.
Maimane explained what his stance was on the matter in a clip uploaded to social media:
"In Parliament I asked President Cyril Ramaphosa what was the R500 000 BOSASA donation for. He told me at the time that this was a business deal with his son, he then subsequently came back to Parliament and said it was in fact a donation to his campaign."
The One SA leader clarified that his issue was not the semantics of the situation, but rather enforcing accountability:
"The issue is not about campaign financing or about the competency of the Public Protector. The issue here is about accountability, it's about politicians from all over the world and their children doing business with the state. Those companies eventually give money and donations to big politicians and the net consequence of that is that it creates a loop where only a few benefit and ultimately those who are politically connected are the only beneficiaries."
Maimane denied being interested in issues within the ANC, questioning instead what had Andile done to warrant such large payments and if these were the only funds Ramaphosa had received from the corrupt company.
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