Maimane to move on Andile deal

Sunday Times - - News Politics - By THABO MOKONE

● DA leader Mmusi Maimane is pil­ing pressure on Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to be more trans­par­ent about his son Andile’s busi­ness deal­ings with a con­tro­ver­sial govern­ment ser­vice provider.

The Sun­day Times un­der­stands that Maimane is due to an­nounce to­day that he is launch­ing an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion in terms of the Pro­mo­tion of Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act (Paia) to com­pel Ramaphosa and govern­ment con­trac­tor African Global Op­er­a­tions (AGP), pre­vi­ously known as Bosasa, to pro­vide him with the com­pany’s busi­ness con­tract with Andile.

Andile’s busi­ness deal­ings with AGP came to the fore this week when Maimane, dur­ing the pres­i­dent’s Q&A ses­sion in par­lia­ment on Tues­day, con­fronted Ramaphosa with ev­i­dence that the CEO of AGP had or­dered his staff to pay R500,000 into a trust ac­count be­long­ing to Andile, un­der sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

But a few hours af­ter his fa­ther ad­mit­ted to his busi­ness trans­ac­tions with AGP, Andile de­nied any knowl­edge of the pay­ment, in an in­ter­view with News24.

This has now prompted Maimane to opt for the Paia ap­pli­ca­tion in an at­tempt to get to the bot­tom of the mat­ter.

Maimane said he wanted to en­sure that the po­lit­i­cally con­nected are held li­able.

In his Paia ap­pli­ca­tion, seen by the Sun­day Times, Maimane ar­gues that the “R500,000 fi­nan­cial con­sult­ing ser­vices pro­vided by the pres­i­dent’s son Andile Ramaphosa to Bosasa … need to be shown to be le­gal, which ac­cess to the con­tract and in­voice can do”.

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