Cyril quizzed on son’s deal­ings

Andile re­ceived about R500K from Bosasa

Sowetan - - News - By Thabo Mokone

Con­tro­ver­sial fa­cil­i­ties firm Bosasa paid R500 000 into Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s son’s trust ac­count. This was re­vealed yes­ter­day in par­lia­ment dur­ing a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion when DA leader Mmusi Maimane im­pli­cated Andile Ramaphosa as hav­ing re­ceived money from Bosasa. Maimane dropped the bomb­shell when Ramaphosa ap­peared in the House to take oral ques­tions from MPs, a ses­sion that started with the pres­i­dent tak­ing ques­tions on the VBS fi­nan­cial scan­dal. Maimane used his chance to ask a fol­low-up ques­tion to raise the mat­ter of Andile and his deal­ings with Bosasa, a fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment firm that has been at the cen­tre of con­tro­ver­sial gov­ern­ment ten­ders in­volv­ing sev­eral de­part­ments, politi­cians and other con­nected fig­ures. Maimane con­fronted Ramaphosa with pa­pers show­ing how money was moved from a Bosasa busi­ness ac­count to a trust ac­count, al­legedly for his son Andile, un­der dodgy cir­cum­stances.

“Now Mr Pres­i­dent, here, I hold a proof of pay­ment that was trans­ferred to say half-a-mil­lion rand needs to be trans­ferred to a trust ac­count called EFG2, on Oc­to­ber 18 last year.

“This was al­legedly put for your son Andile and, Mr Pres­i­dent, I have a sworn af­fi­davit from Peet Ven­ter stat­ing that he was asked by the CEO of Bosasa that he must make this trans­fer for Andile. “Mr Pres­i­dent, we can’t have fam­ily mem­bers ben­e­fit­ing. I would want to ask you, right here to­day, that you will bring our na­tion into your con­fi­dence and set the record straight on this mat­ter,” said Maimane.

Ramaphosa re­vealed that he had con­fronted his son “some time ago” when the mat­ter was brought to his at­ten­tion. The pres­i­dent told MPs that Andile had as­sured him that the pay­ment was le­git­i­mate be­cause he had pro­vided a ser­vice to Bosasa through his busi­ness con­sul­tancy firm. Ramaphosa said he would be the first to send Andile “to jail” if his ver­sion of events would turn out to be false. “I pro­ceeded to ask my son what this was all about and he runs a fi­nan­cial con­sul­tancy busi­ness and he con­sults for a num­ber of com­pa­nies, and Bosasa is one of those com­pa­nies where he pro­vides ser­vices on en­trepreneur­ship and on pro­cure­ment pro­cesses – and he ad­vises both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies.

“I can as­sure Mr Maimane that I asked him at close range ‘whether this was money that was ob­tained il­le­gally, un­law­fully’ and he said this was for a ser­vice that was pro­vided, and to this end, he ac­tu­ally even showed me a con­tract that he signed with Bosasa. And the con­tract also deals with is­sues of in­tegrity, anti-cor­rup­tion,” he said.

Ramaphosa added that he had pre­vi­ously told his fam­ily mem­bers not to trade with the state or any of its en­ti­ties. EFF leader Julius Malema said if Ramaphosa’s ex­pla­na­tion was “ac­cept­able” then the same should ap­ply to Brian Shivambu.

Brian is the younger brother of EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu who re­ceived R16m in funds al­legedly looted from VBS.

“Be­cause it can’t be that if it’s your chil­dren with con­tracts and in­voices, it’s ac­cept­able, but when it comes for Brian Shivambu it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter al­to­gether,” said Malema.

“The ques­tion that was asked by honourable Maimane about my son Andile has noth­ing to do with VBS, that should be clear. It has to do with Bosasa, so he’s not been in­volved with VBS,” said Ramaphosa.

/ GCIS / ELMOND JIYANE

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa replies to ques­tions in the Na­tional Assem­bly in par­lia­ment in Cape Town.

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