President Cyril Ramaphosa played ball when it came to demands that he be held accountable for a R500,000 donation Bosasa made to his party election campaign, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said tonight, explaining the lack of disruption to the State of the Nation Address (Sona). Malema and his fellow MPs stayed seated and did not raise numerous points of order, as has been customary during previous Sonas by Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma.
“The president went to the public protector and if that was not enough, the president also released his submission to the public protector,” Malema said. “All we asked is that president must be held accountable.” In January this year, the EFF leadership said it would turn the Sona into a question-and-answer session if Ramaphosa did not come clean about the donation.
This followed Ramaphosa’s disclosure in Parliament in November last year that his son had business dealings with Bosasa and had benefitted to the tune of at least R500,000. In an about turn just days later, the president said he had provided inaccurate information and that the half a million rand was actually paid by Bosasa, now African Global Operations, to a trust account used to fund his election campaign for the ANC presidency. Ramaphosa had said the money had been returned to Bosasa.
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