Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Best of Talk
01:00 - 04:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Early Breakfast with Abongile Nzelenzele
See full line-up
Best of Talk
01:00 - 04:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

President did not need to disclose CR17 funds says advocate

22 July 2019 8:22 AM
Tags:
Cyril Ramaphosa
Bosasa
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
CR17
HSRC's advocate Gary Pienaar unpacks the president's announcement to seek judicial review on Mkhwebane's findings against him.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that he would seek a judicial review of the Public Protector's findings against him, stating that Busisiwe Mkhwebane had violated the Public Protector Act.

RELATED: Public Protector finds Ramaphosa 'deliberately misled' Parliament over Bosasa

He claimed her report was 'fundamentally and irretrievably' flawed and that she had overstepped her powers.

On Friday Mkhwebane released a report that found Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament in relation to a R500, 000 donation to his African National Congress (ANC) election campaign fund from Bosasa (African Global Operations).

The Human Science Research Council's Gary Pienaar says Ramaphosa's public address should not be viewed lightly.

It is extremely significant that when one challenges the findings, of the nature that the Public Protector made against him, he addressed the nation directly. It shows that he is taking responsibility for communicating directly with the public.

Advocate Gary Pienaar, Senior research manager - HSRC

Pienaar says there were very serious findings made by the Public Protector against Ramaphosa, in that he rendered himself guilty of a conflict of interest.

Those are very serious accusations and as we know the office of the president must be held to a very high standard. We are entitled as the public a very high level of integrity from the president.

Advocate Gary Pienaar, Senior research manager - HSRC

There is a fundamental issue that the Public Protector seems to have assumed but doesn't set out the legal basis on which she basis her mandate. That is the separation between party and State.

Advocate Gary Pienaar, Senior research manager - HSRC

Pienaar believes that there is a strong argument to be made that the president was acting in his personal capacity in the CR17 campaign, therefore he didn't need to disclose the funds that were being raised.

He kept himself deliberately at arm's length from that fundraising, he didn't want to know who was giving donations precisely in order to avoid a conflict of interest. I don't agree with the Public Protector that the president ought to have disclosed the funds raised.

Advocate Gary Pienaar, Senior research manager - HSRC

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : President did not need to disclose CR17 funds says advocate


22 July 2019 8:22 AM
Tags:
Cyril Ramaphosa
Bosasa
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
CR17

More from Politics

191118peterjpg

[LISTEN] Peter Hain details complicity of international banks in state capture

18 November 2019 2:07 PM

Hain took to the stand on Monday to testify about how domestic corruption was facilitated on the global stage.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

20180406 John Steenhuisen

Steenhuisen can't ignore the question of race - Ralph Mathekga

18 November 2019 1:49 PM

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga gives his take on John Steenhuisen's appointment as Democratic Alliance interim leader.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Zimbabwe flag

'Sanctions on Zimbabwe are symptoms of bigger political problem'

18 November 2019 1:26 PM

Former Zimbabwean politician, Professor Arthur Mutambara weighs in on a symposium aimed at helping the country's economy recover.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

180119trumpjpg

'Trump's Twitter attack on impeachment witness shows his attitude towards women'

18 November 2019 11:29 AM

US President Donald Trump has been labelled misogynist by many political commentators and his latest tweets may be proof of that.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

190405-steenhuisen-edjpg

Steenhuisen voted DA's interim leader, Meyer chosen as interim federal chair

17 November 2019 2:05 PM

John Steenhuisen and Makashule Gana were both gunning for the DA's top position left vacant following Mmusi Maimane's resignation.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

20180406 John Steenhuisen

Steenhuisen expected to win DA leadership contest

17 November 2019 8:36 AM

At least 150 members of the DA's federal council will gather to vote for an interim leader and interim federal chairperson today.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191031-makashule-gana-edjpg

'I believe I am the leader DA needs at this point in time' - Makashule Gana

16 November 2019 11:32 AM

The Gauteng MPL faces off against John Steenhuisen in the DA interim federal leader contest on Sunday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

190405-steenhuisen-edjpg

'There are two horses in this DA race but the inside track goes to Steenhuisen'

15 November 2019 4:40 PM

Political analyst Jan-Jan Joubert says there is always a chance of a Makashule Gana upset.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191115 SAA strike Airways Park4

CCMA set to mediate meeting between unions and SAA as strike continues

15 November 2019 1:57 PM

Pundits weigh in on the protest happening at the airline and how passengers have been impacted by it.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

saa-plane-ewnjpg

'If SAA meets our demands, we will be more than happy to call off strike'

14 November 2019 1:52 PM

Sacca president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam Mugambi says the airline needs to come to the party to avert the protest.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward