President Ramaphosa’s Response to Public Protector Investigation

President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to a notice issued by the Public Protector regarding an investigation into his alleged violations of the Executive Ethics Code.

Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath as his inauguration as President of South Africa. EPA-EFE/Yeshiel Panchia

The investigation relates to a payment of R500 000 from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to the President’s election campaign for the ANC presidency.

At the end of May 2019 the Public Protector notified the President that he is implicated in her investigation, and by law anyone implicated is given the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

Due to “other pressing matters of State”, the President requested and was granted two extensions, but has now submitted his response to Public Protector Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the Presidency confirmed on Thursday.

According to his office, the President’s submission contains various confirmatory affidavits and supporting documents which, in his view, will enable this matter to be brought to conclusion as speedily as possible.

The President has reaffirmed his respect for the office of the Public Protector and his commitment to offer his full cooperation.