President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has been accused of “deliberately” misleading the country’s parliament about some monies he received for his 2017 ANC election campaign.

The anti-corruption watchdog of South Africa called the public protector said on Friday that President Ramaphosa did not tell the truth about the 500,000 rand ($35,900) donation he received for his campaign for the leadership of the ruling ANC.

This could be seen as a major blow to Ramaphosa’s credibility as a leader committed to fighting corruption.

He pledged to deal with corruption before becoming president and said he will ensure that state-owned enterprises are more efficient.

Concerns about Ramaphosa’s campaign funding was first raised by the opposition last November.

The opposition requested that Ramaphosa be investigated for misleading the parliament and violating the executive ethics code regarding donations.

He is said to have received donation made to his son by Gavin Watson, CEO of services company Bosasa, for his campaign to lead the African National Congress (ANC).

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Friday that “The allegation that on 06 November 2018 during a question session in parliament, President Ramaphosa deliberately misled the National Assembly, is substantiated.”

Busisiwe Mkhwebane public protector
The Public Protector in South Africa, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Getty Images

She said the President should have allowed himself enough time to provide a well-researched explanation.

Mkhwebane told reporters that Ramaphosa has violated the constitution and breached the executive code of ethics by telling parliament he did not know his son was involved in the donation.

The presidency said Mr. Ramaphosa is yet to receive the report from the public protector.




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