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Ramaphosa must pay for his legal costs–Bosasa outrage

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.

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