Ramaphosa undermining his promised transparency: analyst

President Cyril Ramaphosa is undermining the transparency he promised to live up to. This is the view of political analyst Ralph Mathekga. #Dstv403

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa is undermining the transparency he promised to live up to.

This is the view of political analyst Ralph Mathekga. 

Ramaphosa wants the courts to keep secret his foundation's bank statements and those of other entities related to his CR17 campaign.

He's condemned Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's investigation into his political campaign funding as unlawful. 

WATCH: Presidency questions alleged leaking of financial information

"You'll find that nearly everyone who campaigned to become president of the ANC would have raised quite a bit of money, and it so happens that we may never really know, the only one we know now, is the CR17 one."

Apparently, the President believes the little you already know about his CR17 campaign funding, is enough.

Mathekga says this goes against the transparency Ramaphosa promised. 

READ: Ramaphosa's lawyers apply to court to have certain records sealed

"The reality is that if you've crafted that kind of a ticket that the President has crafted, you enjoyed it in the public space, no doubt, but there are consequences if you don't live up to it and at this point, the president is actually walking the opposite direction of what his ticket is about."

The Presidency is, however, adamant to keep the banking information in question away from the public. 

Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko says It would be a gross abuse of her office if the Public Protector is gathering information illegally.

The Presidency is concerned about the alleged leak of funders' banking information of Cyril Ramaphosa's political campaign.

Mathekga cautions that public perception matters.

"It is his presidency, how he wants his presidency to be understood, and that accountability is what will strengthen him, other than that any attempt to manage this is just going to be desperate."

On Monday, the Public Protector will not oppose Ramaphosa's urgent court application to suspend her remedial action.

READ: Public Protector won't oppose Ramaphosa's urgent court bid

This relates to the Bosasa investigation which uncovered the CR17 campaign funding. 

But Mkhwebane's office says bank records that the President wants to keep secret will be given to the court before Thursday.

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