ConCourt has concluded its jam-packed week by delivering its verdict on Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial CR17 election campaign on Thursday. The powers that be handed down a ruling which exhonerates the president, clearing him of ‘wilfully misleading Parliament’ when he addressed concerns about certain funding matters.
Ramaphosa DOES NOT have to disclose details about donors or funding, either.
ConCourt rules on CR17 bank statements
Both Mmusi Maimane and Busisiwe Mkhwebane have been slammed by Justice Jafta, who explained the court’s position earlier this morning. The former DA leader was accused of ‘getting his facts wrong’ when he accused Ramaphosa of receiving R500 000 from Bosasa, and the Public Protector also came in for an earful.
Mkhwebane was on the end of some stinging rebukes, with her legal knowledge placed under firm scrutiny. Jafta questioned why the Public Protector assumed she had powers that reach way beyond the scope of her office.
“Mkhwebane did not have the authority to probe matters outside the complaint lodged – sheis not empowered to probe private funds of political parties as it is not a state affair. There is no evidence of money laundering as the funds only passed through one account and not any other intermediaries.”
“Mkhwebane changed the wording of a paragraph to include that Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament. On the basis of the changed quote, she concluded he deliberately did this because he did not give a well-informed response. She was wrong, and had no authority to make remedial findings on the Speaker, the NPA, or the Police Commissioner.”
Busisiwe Mkhwebane loses to Ramaphosa AGAIN
It marks yet another defeat in court for the Public Protector, who has been on the end of a string of defeats administered by the President’s legal team since 2019. Two days ago, the same court came down like a ton of bricks on Jacob Zuma, sentencing him to a 15-month term of imprisonment. Ramaphosa, however, has got himself off the hook.