This morning South Africans awoke to the news, following a News24 report, that Andile Ramaphosa had admitted to taking a monthly retainer from hugely controversial facilities management company Bosasa, now trading as African Global Operations (AGO). President Cyril Ramaphosa’s son has owned up to having been paid R2 million by the company.
His company was contracted to carry out advisory work for a few government departments and African investment projects. ALSO READ: Ramaphosa’s son Andile admits to how much Bosasa paid him – report It wasn’t long before prominent South Africans brought up the fact that when Mmusi Maimane first confronted the president in parliament on a R500,000 payment his son had received from Bosasa, Ramaphosa claimed the money was legitimately paid to his son for consulting work and that he would personally take Andile “to the police station” if it was found that any wrongdoing was committed. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson Dali Mpofu took to Twitter to share the video in which Ramaphosa says this, asking when National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi would “prosecute” the president and his son, alleging that they were guilty of “corruption, fraud, money laundering and perjury”.
READ MORE: Former Bosasa auditor found R500k payment to Andile Ramaphosa ‘strange’ He then said this would maybe only occur “after Cyril takes Andile to the police station”, adding that he had promised to do so “under oath”, presumably referring to the oaths that both presidents and members of the National Assembly are expected to take before beginning their duties. The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), soon joined in, simply quoting what the president had said on their official Twitter account: “I will be the first to make sure [Andile] becomes accountable … Even if it means that I am the one who will take him to the police station.” Many other Twitter users joined Mpofu in sharing the clip and the DA in wondering when Ramaphosa and Andile’s long walk to the police station would begin.