President Cyril Ramaphosa has refused to disclose what his son Andile’s Bosasa contract is worth. Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Assembly on Thursday.
Last year, Ramaphosa told Parlaiment, in an answer to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane, that his son Andile had received money from Bosasa for services rendered in terms of a consultancy contract.
Ramaphosa later backtracked in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, saying the R500 000 payment in question was actually a donation to his ANC presidential campaign, which he had been unaware of.
On Thursday, Maimane stood with a copy of the contract between Ramaphosa junior and controversial facilities’ management company African Global Operations (AGO) – formerly known as Bosasa in his hands. This contract was presumably obtained from Andile Ramaphosa through a PAIA application.
“I think we can agree, an example must be set from the top,” Maimane said. “Your party has a generally corrupt relationship with Bosasa.”
Maimane held up the contract in Ramaphosa’s direction and said the value of the contract had been crossed out.
“How much has your son benefitted from Bosasa?” Maimane asked the president.
“It is an easy answer. It is a straightforward answer,” Ramaphosa said, calmly.
‘There is really nothing to hide’
“Manga-manga!” yelled someone in the DA benches. Ramaphosa laughed. While answering an earlier question he had said: “There is no manga-manga business.”
Continuing with his answer to Maimane, Ramaphosa said the Public Protector was busy with the matter, and all the relevant information would be submitted to her by himself, his son and other people.
“The matter is now with the Public Protector,” he said.
“There is really nothing to hide.”
He said the initial approach was that it is confidential company information, but he said it must be disclosed to the public protector.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen rose on a point of order. He said, according to Rule 146 of the National Assembly, the president was accountable to Parliament, not to the Public Protector.
“The president has given you an answer,” Mbete said.
Off microphone, a frowning, animated Maimane said: “He has not!”
Steenhuisen, despite not begin recognised, jumped up and said: “Can we then request that the president send us a letter two days later and changes his answer!”