Public Protector finds Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament

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South Africa's ethics watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa misled Parliament past year over a 500,000 rand ($36,000) donation to his campaign fund from a company facing extensive corruption allegations.

Presidency spokeswoman Khusela Diko said Ramaphosa had not yet received the report from the public protector.

"The CR17 campaign was funded by a broad range of individuals from across South Africa who supported the objectives of the campaign".

Ms Mkhwebane said the way the funds were moved around from one account to another, before it was deposited into Mr Ramaphosa's campaign account, raised suspicion of money laundering.

Mkhwebane, who investigates allegations of wrongdoing by state officials, told reporters that Ramaphosa had violated the constitution and breached the executive code of ethics by telling parliament he did not know his son was involved in the donation.

Last year, during a question-and-answer session in Parliament, Ramaphosa said his son, Andile, benefited to the tune of R500 000 from a contract with Bosasa.

The president then backtracked in a letter to the National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise, saying the money was a donation from Ago for his CR17 campaign.

While Ramaphosa is likely to challenge Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's findings in court, the dispute will embolden his opponents within the ruling African National Congress and make it harder for him to cement his control over the party and push through economic reforms. A whistleblower also came forward with a similar complaint to that of Maimane and Shivambu.

Modise must consider within her discretion deliberations by Members of Parliament in terms of the Rules of the National Assembly.

During a briefing held by Maimane straight after the findings were released, he said the DA would be pursuing various avenues, to hold the president to account.