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Ramaphosa takes public protector’s decision on review

President will ask the courts to review Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against him.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he will be asking the courts to review the findings of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who said he “deliberately” misled parliament in saying that he did not know about the R500 000 campaign donation from corruption-implicated company Bosasa.

Though charges have yet to be laid against the management and owners of Bosasa, Mkhwebane still found that in accepting the money, Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, had facilitated money laundering.

‘Conclusion made’

Ramaphosa said at a press briefing on Sunday night that in finding against him, the public protector had released a report in which she concluded that he had “violated the executive ethics code and the constitution”. 

He said that although the findings against him were serious, they were flawed because such findings should be “based on fact”, “have a sound legal basis”, which were “rational”, and should have been “arrived at through a fair, impartial and lawful process”. 

“Unfortunately, the report released by the public protector fails to satisfy these crucial requirements”, Ramaphosa said.

Inaccuracies

He went on to say that the report contained numerous factual inaccuracies of “a material nature”, that were irrational and which, “in some instances, exceed the scope of the powers of the public protector”.

“Furthermore, in failing to provide me with an opportunity to comment on proposed remedial action, the public protector has violated provisions of the Public Protector Act, the constitution and principles of common law.”

Ramaphosa stressed that the matter was not personal against Mkhwebane but said he had to ask for an urgent review so as to “protect the rights that the constitution affords me as a person, but also to preserve the integrity of the office that I occupy”.

He went on to say: “I am taking this action in the firm belief that the president is not above the law, and nor is the public protector.”

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When he first answered the question in parliament he had a very arrogant demeanor. A sure sign of hiding something from a seasoned negotiator like him.

If he or any of his family was even anywhere near Bosasa it does not bode well regardless of what the outcome is.

correct….he handled this situation as a joke from the beginning and now it is coming back to bite him and his family….should have listened to Mmusi Maimane and got rid of her.

Zuma = Gupta = Ramaphosa = ANC

New Dawn = New Lie = ANC

No-one as blind as the one who will not see!

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