Public protector welcomes Ramaphosa’s decision to place report on review

In a statement released on Sunday, Mkhwebane emphasised that “any review proceedings must be coupled with an interdict to stay the implementation of remedial action.” (Madelene Cronje)

In a statement released on Sunday, Mkhwebane emphasised that “any review proceedings must be coupled with an interdict to stay the implementation of remedial action.” (Madelene Cronje)

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to seek an “urgent judicial review” of her report which found that he misled Parliament over the R500 000 Bosasa donation to his ANC presidential campaign.

In a statement, Mkhwebane emphasised that “any review proceedings must be coupled with an interdict to stay the implementation of remedial action.”

The public protector also said she is “confident that her findings are factual, rooted in sound application of the law, will pass the rationality test and are a result of an independent and impartial process.”

Mkhwebane announced her findings against Ramaphosa on Friday. In her bombshell report, she also found that there was “merit” in the suspicion of money laundering, because the payment passed through “several intermediaries, instead of a straight donation towards the CR17 campaign”.

Mkhwebane said she has notified the national director of public prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, of her findings for further investigation.

READ MORE: Public Protector finds Ramaphosa misled Parliament on Bosasa donation

Ramaphosa called a press briefing on Sunday where he announced that he would seek review of the public protector’s report which he described as “fundamentally and irretrievably flawed”.

“This is strongly confirmed by my legal representatives who have equally studied the public protector’s report very thoroughly.
The report contains numerous factual inaccuracies of a material nature. The findings we found are wrong in law, are irrational, and in some instances exceed the scope of the powers of the public protector,” Ramaphosa said.

READ MORE: ‘Fundamentally and irretrievably flawed’: Ramaphosa takes PP report on review

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Sunday called for Ramaphosa to take a leave of absence while he takes the report on review.

The EFF described Ramaphosa as “conflicted” and said he should go on leave “until his name is cleared”.

According to the EFF, Ramaphosa’s press briefing, “which sought to recover lost integrity ground” was “30 minutes of blowing hot air without anything concrete.”

“A man elected on the ticket of transparency should have revealed who funded his campaign to become president of (the) ANC and accept the mistakes of having not declared all this money as it is required by law. This is especially because he does not deny that money was raised in his name and for him.The essential point therefore is, he did not declare this money to either parliament or his principal then. This is in violation of the law and the constitution of the Republic,” the EFF’s statement read.

The red berets further called on the National Prosecuting Authority, Parliament and the Hawks to implement the remedial action against Ramaphosa as recommended by Mkhwebane.

Mashadi Kekana

Client Media Releases

Eminent scientist recognised for his research in breastfeeding
Supersonic scores another ISP win
M&As create strategic options