File: President Cyril Ramaphosa wants the courts to keep secret his foundation's bank statements and those of other entities related to his CR17 campaign.
JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday the Public Protector's finding that he deliberately misled Parliament about donations to his party election campaign was "unfortunate" and "deficient both factually and in law".
"It is unfortunate, however, that from a cursory reading of the final report, it seems that the President's response to the Section 7(9) notice has not been given due consideration," Ramaphosa said in a statement published by the Presidency.
The ruling released by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said Ramaphosa had effectively lied to Parliament about a R500,000 donation he received for his 2017 election campaign for the leadership of the ANC.
Ramaphosa initially said the R500,000 payment was made to his son for services rendered.
He later retracted the answer and clarified that it was a donation to his ANC presidential campaign.
Mkhwebane wants the NPA to investigate the matter further.
- Additional reporting eNCA