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AS IT HAPPENED: Public Protector claims 'millions' of rands flowed through Ramaphosa's campaign account

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is seen during a media briefing regarding her finished investigations. (Thapelo Morebudi, Gallo Images)
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is seen during a media briefing regarding her finished investigations. (Thapelo Morebudi, Gallo Images)

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19 Jul 2019

The briefing concludes.

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SUMMARY:

Mkhwebane has also come to the conclusion that there is merit to allegations of money laundering, based on the facts before her. 

Mkhwebane detailed how the R500 000 donation by Bosasa's Gavin Watson made its way to the CR17 trust account, noting that it went through several intermediaries before landing into Ramaphosa's campaign fund.

She also found that just over R191m was transferred into the CR17 account between December 2016 and January 2018.

Around the same amount was transferred out of the account during the same period, Mkhwebane said.

She added that three amounts, of around R31m, R39m, and over R51m were transferred by the same donor into the CR17 account.

"In conclusion, on the above revelations relating to the exchanges of large sums of money, some of which [was] received from private companies, I wish to express my preliminary view that such a scenario, when looked at carefully, creates a situation of the risk of some sort of state capture by those donating these monies to the campaign," Mkhwebane said.

19 Jul 2019

Mkhwebane now takes questions from the media.

19 Jul 2019

Mkhwebane: "I therefore find that the president's failure to disclose financial interests, which accrued to him as a result of the donations received towards the CR17 (campaign), to be in violation of paragraph 2 of the Executive Ethics Code, and accordingly amounts to a conduct that is inconsistent with his office as a member of Cabinet..."

19 Jul 2019

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has released a damning report on President Cyril Ramaphosa, finding that he deliberately misled Parliament and breached the Executive Ethics Code by failing to disclose the donations to the CR17 campaign.

Here is a summary of Mkhwebane's findings:

 - Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa deliberately misled the National Assembly concerning the R500 000 donation, when he responded to a question asked by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

 - Mkhwebane has also found that Ramaphosa violated the Executive Ethics Code in that he exposed himself to a situation involving the risk of conflict between himself and his son through businesses owned by AGO (Bosasa).

 - In another damning finding, Mkhwebane has found that Ramaphosa also breached the Executive Ethics Code by failing to disclose financial interest accrued to him as a result of the donations received towards the CR17 campaign.

 - Mkhwebane also said she is of the view that there is merit to the allegation of money laundering, in terms of the R500 000 Bosasa donation, as it was sent to several intermediaries before landing in the CR17 trust account.

19 Jul 2019

In another damning finding, Mkhwebane has found that Ramaphosa also breached the Executive Ethics Code by failing to disclose financial interest accrued to him as a result of the donations received towards the CR17 campaign.

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