Zuma was ook skuldig en moes betaal, maar die parlement en anc het hom heeltyd gesteun – nou wat nou? Nene was ook betrokke maar hy moes bedank, so het ander ook hul bedankingsbriefies uitgeskryf. Beloftes maak skuld. Is dit nie tyd dat mense verantwoordelikheid vat vir hul dade nie? DA vra dat daar behoorlik ondersoek ingestel moet word hieroor. Dubbelstandaarde alweer ?
The ANC has announced that President Ramaphosa will pay back the R500 000 donation that Bosasa Security Company Chief Executive Officer Gavin Watson made to fund his election campaign for African National Congress presidency.
Ramaphosa revealed in a letter he wrote to the National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete that the deposit was made into a trust fund account of his son Andile, without the President’s knowledge.
Last week, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane questioned the President in Parliament on the donation and he responded that he thought the payment was for his son’s consulting services but was later contradicted when Andile denied receiving the alleged payment.
ANC spokesperson in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa says Ramaphosa has since called for an investigation into all donations made to his party election campaign.
“The president has indicated that because the donation was made without his knowledge, and therefore he has decided voluntarily that he will pay back the said amount and therefore he will call on for further investigation on all donations that were made to the campaign on his behalf. “
Meanwhile, Parliament’s former Joint Ethics Committee Co-Chairperson and ANC veteran Ben Turok says there is no evidence that Ramaphosa is a dishonest man.
Turok has cautioned against quickly accusing the President of wrongdoing. According to Turok Ramaphosa should be given the benefit of the doubt and allow him to clear the mystery surrounding the Bosasa payment saga.
“I have great respect for the President Cyril Ramaphosa and I think that since he became president he has done a lot of good things to clean up the mess left by Zuma. Therefore we need to be very careful about suggesting any wrongdoing. It seems that some confusion was possible because the money from Bosasa went to the trust run by Andile and maybe it was not clear as to whether it was for the consultancy or whether it was for the election campaign. It is so important that we should not rush to conclude. And I would like very much to see that President Ramaphosa make a very clear statement, perhaps even a press conference setting out exactly what the situation is. He does have to clear up the mystery.” Author- Mbali Thethani
Hoeveel keer is daar nie al die afgelope tyd gelieg vanaf aanstelling nie? Oor die moorde en grond – wat is daar nog wat ons nie van weet nie?
No moneys were declared
Hot on the heels of the VBS scandal, talk has been doing rounds about President Ramaphosa’s son Andile, who its reported he was contracted to controversial company Bosasa. Bosasa is known to have benefitted many politicians. In his reply to parliament, President Ramaphosa said his son had done some work for the company. Now the President has apparently backtracked. He now says the R500 000 is a donation for his ANC presidential campaign without his knowledge. We are joined on the line by Presidential spokesperson to explore the story, Khusela Diko.
Video regarding the President and his campaign
The EFF has also alleged that a lot of money was used to fund the ANC’s elective conference which took place at Nasrec in December 2017. Malema alleges a trust fund was created to fund ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s election campaign. Joining us to respond to some of the latest revelations and allegations is ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe via telephone from Johannesburg.
Ramaphosa – Malema and Parliament regarding the money
Video oor Ramaphosa en die geld – R500 000
President Cyril Ramaphosa has surprisingly backtracked on his reply in Parliament that the R500 000 deposited into his son’s account by Bosasa was for a business service. In an about-turn on Friday, Ramaphosa said the money was for his campaign conducted last year when he was contesting to be ANC president. However, he said this was done without his knowledge by his son, Andile. During a question and answer session in Parliament three weeks ago, DA leader Mmusi Maimane asked Ramaphosa about his knowledge on the R500 000 deposited into his son’s account. Maimane produced an affidavit by former Bosasa official Petrus Stephanus Venter that he was forced by Bosasa chief executive Gavin Watson to deposit the money into Andile’s trust account. Maimane said on Friday Ramaphosa had to come clean on his dealings with Bosasa.
Ramaphosa, in turn, said he wanted to make a correction to a follow-up question by Maimane in Parliament regarding his son’s business dealings with Bosasa. The president confirmed that his son was doing business with the business management organisation for which he is a consultant. However, he said his business was for the rest of Africa and not South Africa, adding that this was to avoid a potential conflict of interest. “Since my reply in the National Assembly, I have sought to get more information regarding this matter. I have been subsequently informed that the payment referred to in the supplementary question by the leader of the opposition does not relate to that contract,” stated Ramaphosa in a letter to Speaker Baleka Mbete. “I have been told that the payment to which the leader of the opposition referred was made on behalf of Mr Gavin Woods into a trust account that was used to raise funds for a campaign established to support my candidature for the presidency of the ANC.”
Ramaphosa said this donation was made without his knowledge and was not aware of this fact when he appeared in Parliament to answer questions three weeks ago. The country’s first citizen is the latest ANC leader to be drawn into Bosasa. Maimane said a full investigation was needed into this. “The fact is that this requires a full investigation into the Ramaphosa family’s relationship with Bosasa. “This investigation should cover all payments made to any member of the Ramaphosa family from Bosasa and African Global Operations and should cover the business relationship between Bosasa and the president’s son. The president should come clean and disclose all payments received by him, his family and his campaign by Bosasa,” said Maimane. “We need to find out: Did Ramaphosa solicit the donation? Are the contracts awarded to Bosasa payback for their support for the president and his family? These questions can only be answered by a full investigation into Ramaphosa’s family dealings with Bosasa.” Top ANC politicians have been accused of receiving benefits from Bosasa for a number of years. The company was recently said to have installed security systems at the houses of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Communications Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane.
Ramaphosa and his actions in Parliament
Opposition party Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is set to write to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, requesting that he appoints an independent inquiry into the Bosasa scandal. “He must appoint an independent inquiry to investigate Bosasa’s enormous and likely corrupt influence on the government and the ANC. This inquiry should also determine whether the President lied to Parliament when he answered my question in the House about this payment,” said Maimane in a statement. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday confirmed the R500 000 paid to his son, Andile Ramaphosa, by facilities management company African Global Operations (Bosasa) was a donation towards his ANC presidential campaign. Maimane posed the question about the payment during a Q&A session in Parliament. The DA calls for an inquiry to investigate the full extent of Bosasa’s influence on the government, the payments made by Bosasa to politicians or their families and the full involvement of the President and his family to this scandal. “There can’t be double standards. President Ramaphosa has appointed independent inquiries to investigate corruption elsewhere. Now the same standard must apply to him and his family.”
DA leader and investigation