South African President Cyril Ramaphosa challenged Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over her allegations that he violated the Executive Ethics Code.
Mkhwebane's report to this effect "contains numerous factual inaccuracies of a material nature," Ramaphosa said on Sunday. On Friday, Mkhwebane released the report about her investigation into a controversial donation worth 500,000 rand (about 36,000 U.S. dollars) to the president's election campaign fund.
The donation was made by Bosasa company, also known as African Global Operations, to Ramaphosa's campaign team in 2017 to fund his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign. Ramaphosa was deputy president then.
Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament in November last year when he said in the House that he did not know the details of the donation his campaign office received.
Ramaphosa said at that time that the donation was in fact payment for services to his son's company. But in the report, Mkhwebane rejected Ramaphosa's claim, saying the president is duty-bound to declare funds deposited into his campaign account because he personally benefitted from the Bosasa donation.
Mkhwebane said Ramaphosa ought to have declared all the funds received for his campaign as some of the money collected through Ramaphosa's campaign account was transferred to the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation account.
Ramaphosa's explanation that he did not know about the donors and donations "is false," Mkhwebane said.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Ramaphosa said Mkhwebane's findings "are wrong in law, are irrational and, in some instances, exceed the scope of the powers of the Public Protector." Her report "is fundamentally and irretrievably flawed".
Furthermore, the president said, Mkhwebane failed to provide him with an opportunity to comment on proposed remedial action, thus violating provisions of the Public Protector Act, the Constitution and principles of common law.
"Given these deficiencies, and consistent with the constitutional architecture, it is appropriate that the courts make a final and impartial determination on this matter.
"I have therefore decided to seek an urgent judicial review of the Public Protector's report, its findings and remedial action," the president said.
He said he has instructed his legal representatives to prepare an application to this effect as a matter of urgency. -Xinhua
Read the original article on Ghanaian Times.
Ramaphosa v PP - 'The ANC Will Be Punished At the Polls' - Edward Zuma
Five Thorns in the Side of the Public Protector
AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.
Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 600 news and information items daily from over 150 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.