Cyril quizzed on son’s dealings
Andile received about R500K from Bosasa
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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa replies to questions in the National Assembly in parliament in Cape Town.