The donation scandal
African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa, is a company that has connections to the well known Watson family. It has been fingered as the originators of the 500,000 Rand donation at the centre of the scandal surrounding newly elected president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, claimed that the money was payment to Cyril Ramaphosa’s son, Andile. It was payment, Maimane said, for work done within the corporation.
Ramaphosa elected on a “clean up” platform
At the African National Congress (ANC) conference last year, Ramaphosa stood up for removing corruption in all government departments and utility industries. This promise looks a little tattered now that this revelation has come to light.
The Zondo commission
Many of Ramaphosa’s enemies within the ANC are looking for revenge after the state capture revelations by Pravin Gordhan in the recent Zondo commission hearings. This is exactly what they wanted. But Ramaphosa has answered them standing tall and proud. He has stated that he will return the donation with immediate effect. Their attempts to discredit him have hit the brakes.
When answering questions about the monies paid by the company, Ramphosa claimed he did not know of the donation. He assumed it was payments to his son who had legitimately worked for them, but only on contracts outside of South Africa to avoid any conflict of interest claims.
Claims that Bosasa has been involved for years
Maimane claimed that the company had been politically involved for many years. He wants a full inquiry into the payment. Peter Venter, working for the auditors of Bosasa, in a written affidavit, stated that he was instructed to pay the monies into Andile Ramaphosas’ trust account by the Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.
Bosasa and their secure deals
It was recently revealed that Bosasa had installed two state of the art security systems into the houses of Gwede Mantashe and Nomvula Mokonyane both of whom are senior members of the ANC lead government.