President Cyril Ramaphosa’s application for a judicial review of the Public Protector’s report into the CR17 campaign Bosasa donation will continue in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Lawyers for President Ramaphosa and the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane will on Wednesday morning wrap up arguments in the matter.
On Tuesday, Ramaphosa’s lawyers told the court that Mkhwebane had no jurisdiction to probe party contestation funding.
They argued that she could only investigate state and public administration affairs.
In the report released last year, Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament on a R 500 000 donation by Bosasa to his CR17 African National Congress presidential election campaign.
Mkhwebane’s legal representative Muzi Sikhakhani says in her investigation, the Public Protector is guided by the law.
Sikhakhani says, “Section 7 of the act gives her extensive investigative powers. On receipt of the complaint, she has the power to a preliminary probe for purposes of determining the merits of the complaint, allegations or information and the manner in which the matter concerned should be dealt with. She says that she has the power to determine the format and procedure to be followed in conducting any investigation.”
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