Democratic Alliance (DA) is demanding President Cyril Ramaphosa pay for his legal fees.
This follows media reports that President Ramaphosa is allegedly preparing a review application to challenge looming Public Protector’s final report implicating him in the Bosasa scandal.
In the wake of DA complaint lodged in November 2018, Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is investigating whether President Ramaphosa misled Parliament in relation to the R500 000 “donation” he received from Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson.
Advocate Mkhwebane is investigating existence of a conflict of interest that exists between President Ramaphosa, his son, Andile and Bosasa. The Public Protector is also probing possible money laundering.
In a statement on Wednesday, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane said he has written to President Ramaphosa requesting him not to use the public money to defend his actions.
“I have been following a supposed disagreement between yourself and Public Protector in the media with dismay.
It also stated that you’re preparing a review application as you expect the Public Protector’s final report on the matter about the alleged donation by Watson,” a letter addressed to the President read in part.
“Although the President has every right to do so, but he cannot expect South Africans to pay for his legal bill against allegations of corruption, abuse of power, and money laundering.”
“We [DA] argue that the law requires that President Ramaphosa pay from his own pocket as he will litigate in his personal capacity,” said Maimane.
I have today [Wednesday] approached President Ramaphosa in writing, requesting that he will not use any public money to fund his legal action.
The President must reassure South Africans that he does not intend to use the services of the State Attorney or influence the State Attorney to pay legal practitioners on his behalf.
“It is our view the donation offered to the then Deputy President, but as a private citizen in pursuit of elected office in the ANC.
In the event that the Public Protector discovers he deceived the National Assembly, this will be his actions as a private citizen,” added Maimane.Follow us on Social Media