Court rules in favour of Ramaphosa over illegal campaign funding report

16 Aug 19

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has won the latest round in his legal battle against an anti-corruption watchdog.

A judge in the High Court on Monday granted Ramaphosa a delay in the publishing of a report by the Public Protector.

The report has claimed the South African president misled parliament over an allegedly undeclared 500,000 rand ($32,500) campaign donation, Reuters has reported.

In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said the president had violated ethical rules during his bid to succeed Jacob Zuma as head of the African National Congress (ANC).

Ramaphosa has called the report flawed and the delay of its publication will allow the president’s lawyers to go through it and tell the judge whether they think any information used to compile it was obtained illegally.

Ramaphosa was elected after making tackling graft a central message of his campaign.

His supporters have said Mkhwebane is acting as a proxy for the pro-Zuma faction in the ANC, which she has denied.

On August 8, Ramaphosa won a separate case involving Mkhwebane.

A judge ruled he had acted reasonably in not immediately disciplining one of his ministers (and political allies) over a decision linked to an early retirement package for a tax official in 2010.

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