Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: SOWETAN
Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: SOWETAN

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has asked deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo to subpoena President Cyril Ramaphosa to testify before his commission of inquiry into state capture.

He says this must happen before the general elections on May 8.

The request follows revelations that Ramaphosa’s son Andile received more from Bosasa (now African Global Operations) than previously disclosed.

News24 reported on Wednesday that Andile confirmed his Blue Crane Capital has netted about R2m in accumulated monthly payments from Bosasa since February 2018. 

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi has told the commission how the company bribed government officials, politicians and ministers in order to win billions of rand worth of contracts.

Andile reportedly provided “advisory” work on more than 20 government and private contracts in Uganda and Kenya he had identified and partnered with Bosasa to execute. 

“Former Bosasa auditor, Peet Venter, testified under oath that President Ramaphosa’s son received cash from Bosasa, and just this morning the president’s son has been exposed in the media as admitting to receiving over R2m from Bosasa for ‘services rendered’,” Maimane said in a statement.

“This is in addition to an amount that President Ramaphosa calls a R500,000 donation to his internal ANC election campaign. What is now clear is that Bosasa and the Ramaphosas are working together in multiple transactions,” the DA leader claimed. 

Ramaphosa admitted in the National Assembly that, unbeknownst to him, Bosasa had donated R500,000 to his ANC election campaign.

“It simply cannot be that money from Bosasa so freely flows to the Ramaphosa family, without scrutiny. The president must explain to the nation, under oath, the full extent of the now exposed business relationship between himself, his family, and Bosasa,” Maimane said.

Maimane noted that Ramaphosa’s spokesperson had committed to Ramaphosa appearing before the commission.

“President Ramaphosa and his family are not above the law. The SA electorate cannot go to the polls without knowing the full truth about a compromised president who is running to be re-elected,” said Maimane. “These revelations have shattered the well-peddled myth that corruption in the ANC was simply a feature of Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.”

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