South Africa's president responds to critical report
Added 07-21-19 02:22:02pm EST - “South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country's corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers about a contribution to his presidential campaign.” - Washingtontimes.com
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country’s corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers about a contribution to his presidential campaign.
Ramaphosa has described the critical report as fundamentally and irretrievably flawed, adding that he had partial knowledge of the fundraising details of his campaign to be president of his African National Congress party.
“I knew there was money being raised and I attended and addressed some of the fundraising dinners,” said Ramaphosa. “So there was knowledge but the knowledge was limited.”
The report by South Africa’s public protector, a constitutionally created office that probes alleged misconduct in state affairs, said Ramaphosa “deliberately misled” lawmakers late last year about a 500,000 rand ($34,000) campaign contribution from the CEO of a local company, Africa Global Operations, formerly Bosasa.
Bosasa has been implicated in corruption allegations at a state commission currently probing graft in government and state-controlled companies. The report called on the national director of public prosecutions to investigate further.
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