South African president under investigation over graft allegations

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption commission over a 500,000 rand ($35,000) donation to his campaign fund from a company facing extensive graft allegations.

The presidency in a statement confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been served with a section 7(9) notice by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

“The president remains committed to fully cooperating with the public protector in the course of her investigation and to ensuring that this matter is speedily brought to conclusion,” said presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko.

The inquiry against Ramaphosa centres on opposition complaints about a payment from Bosasa, a company that corruptly won huge government tenders under Zuma’s tenure.

Ramaphosa has told parliament that the payment in October 2017 was to his son Andile for consultancy work for Bosasa, which was renamed African Global Operations. But he later said it was a donation towards his own campaign to become the leader of the ruling African National Congress party.

The president has promised to pay back the campaign funds.

Those served the section 7(9) notice have a deadline of ten days to respond, but according to the letter, the president requested an extension until June 28. This extension has been confirmed in the presidential statement.

Ramaphosa, who was re-elected last month, has staked his reputation on fighting corruption in the country.




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