DA approach on Mkhwebane vs Ramaphosa matter incoherent, says Tony Leon

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon has criticised the party for its handling of the matter between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane.

The DA referred Ramaphosa to Advocate Mkhwebane over a donation from Bosasa.

Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa was aware of the R500,000 donation from African Global Operations, formerly Bosasa, to his CR17 election campaign.

In her report, Mkhwebane said that Ramaphosa and that he had deliberately misled Parliament about it and that he and members of his CR17 campaign were involved in money laundering. Mkhwebane also found that Ramaphosa violated the ethics code for executives by not declaring the donations to the campaign.

John Maytham speaks to the Resolve Communications executive chairman about this issue.

Two weeks ago after this happened I did write about this and said while I fully understand why [DA leader] Mmusi Maimane asked that question in Parliament, which Ramaphosa botched in his response, and indeed I also understand why the DA referred the matter to the public protector - flawed though she is as a person - because that is the only institutional body apparently they can refer such matters to.

Tony Leon, Executive chairman - Resolve Communications

What the DA did and I didn't understand and thought was incorrect was to accept at face value that utterly flawed report of the public protector, which appeared on the Friday and I think it was a rushed judgment.

Tony Leon, Executive chairman - Resolve Communications

On how the DA should have handled the matter differently, Leon, had this to say:

I would have noted the report and said: 'Okay, let us see how this plays out but actually, we were correct to ask the question and we were further correct to go the only institution we could go to.'

Tony Leon, Executive chairman - Resolve Communications

I think the real problem with the approach is of course at the same time as relying on her report ... they had quite correctly condemned her other reports into the Vrede dairy matter and the South Africa Reserve Bank. The DA is simultaneously calling for the public protector to be investigated and removed because of her demonstrable incompetence and bias, and that I think makes the DA approach an incoherent one on this matter.

Tony Leon, Executive chairman - Resolve Communications

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