PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Mkhwebane’s investigating Ramaphosa for possible violation of the Executive Ethics Code after Bosasa allegedly donated R500 000 to his campaign to be ANC president.
At the end of May, Mkhwebane issued Ramaphosa with a notice to allow him the opportunity to respond to the allegations.
Ramaphosa asked for an extension as he was busy preparing for the State of the Nation Address and other matters.
Mkhwebane granted him the extension until today.
Late yesterday, the presidency said the response was submitted ahead of deadline.
“The president’s submission contains various confirmatory affidavits and supporting documents which, in his view, will enable this matter to be brought to a conclusion as speedily as possible,” it said.
“The president has reaffirmed his respect for the office of the public protector and his commitment to offer his full co-operation.”
The submission comes after attacks against Mkhwebane from senior ANC leaders and alliance partners who are calling for her head.
They have accused her of wanting to venture into the political space by investigating Ramaphosa. Mkhwebane hit back, saying she was merely doing her job.
Ramaphosa has reportedly asked for an opportunity to question DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who lodged the complaint, but Mkhwebane reportedly asked Ramaphosa to send the questions to her so she could pose them herself.
Mkhwebane’s spokesman Oupa Segalwe confirmed that she has received the response.
“She will finalise the report and announce when she will release it,” said Segalwe.
He said at this stage he could not say when Mkhwebane would release the report as it would depend entirely on how Ramaphosa responded.