Johannesburg - Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has instructed the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate money laundering related to a R500 000 donation received by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his ANC presidential campaign in 2017.
Further, Mkhwebane has given National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise 30 days to report Ramaphosa to Parliament's ethics committee for impropriety after she revealed that the country's number one had violated the executives' ethics code when he failed to declare his financial interests relating to the donation.
Issuing a list of remedial actions ought to be taken following her investigations and the release of her report at her offices on Friday, Mkhwebane ordered the "the publication of all donations received by President Ramaphosa" stating that because he was a deputy president at the time, he had an obligation to "declare such financial interests into the Members’ registerable interests register in the spirit of accountability and transparency."
National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has also been given 30 days to conduct a criminal investigation against Bosasa boss Gavin Watson for allegedly lying to her under oath.
The investigations by Mkhwebane were conducted after she received a complaint from Maimane in November last year stating that half a million had been paid into the into a bank account referred to as “EFG2”, allegedly a trust foundation account belonging to Ramphosa's son, Andile. She highlighted that the paper trail began when Watson's paid the money into Miotto Trading, a company which is said to be closely associated with Bosasa before it was transferred to the “EFG2” bank account.