Cape Town - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday said President Cyril Ramaphosa must make public his statement that he had agreed to submit to the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane over her investigation into the R500 000 donation paid by Bosasa chief executive Gavin Watson.
“[The] DA notes reports that President Ramaphosa will be voluntarily submitting a statement to the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, pertaining to her investigation into whether the president misled Parliament about a R500 000 ‘donation’ from Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson,” said Maimane in a statement.
“In the interests of full transparency, the president should play open cards with the people of South Africa and make public his statement. South Africans must be fully assured that the President is not applying any undue pressure, or trying to influence a sensitive investigation into allegations of wrongdoing on his part."
On Tuesday, the Presidency confirmed in a statement that Ramaphosa would meet with Mkhwebane following a complaint made to her office alleging that the president violated the Executive Ethics Code by deliberately misleading Parliament about the donation and requesting an investigation into whether there was an improper relationship between the president and Bosasa.
Maimane said the allegations against the Ramaphosa were “serious” as he appeared to have lied to Parliament about receiving a R500 000 “donation” from a company that has allegedly been bribing African National Congress (ANC) officials for the better part of two decades.