The Democratic Alliance (DA) has sought to clarify their stance in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s investigation into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged money laundering.

Earlier, media reports suggested that DA leader Mmusi Maimane had distanced himself from investigating money laundering allegations against Ramaphosa. But the DA has now clarified the matter, denying this.

The party says “at no stage” have they sought to distance themselves from the investigation.

“Rather, we have been explicitly clear in our call for the matter to be finalised, and for Parliament to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to consider the report and its findings – as it did with the Nkandla report,” reads the statement in part.

Following the media reports, Maimane has taken to twitter to emphasise his party’s position on the matter.

He says they are committed to holding Ramaphosa to account for his deals with Bosasa.

“The Public Protector must simply release the report on the President. This report must give clarity about whether or not the president misled Parliament; whether the donation given to him was money to benefit his son’s company and ultimately all of these allegations on money laundering are well within the Public Protector’s right to expand her investigation. The DA itself is only seeking to get clarity on her report.”

In 2017, ahead of the African National Congress (ANC) National Elective Conference, facilities management company Bosasa donated R500 000 to Ramaphosa’s party presidential campaign.

However, Ramaphosa subsequently told Parliament that the embattled company had not made any donation.

Following earlier media reports, Mkhwebane says she’s taken aback by the latest developments.

Mkhwebane said she was shocked to learn through the media that both the DA and some of the CR17 campaign managers claim they never asked her to investigate allegations of money laundering following the donation by Bosasa.

She says she met on two occasions with DA Leader Mmusi Maimane, who emphasised that this must be investigated.

Mkhwebane says she’s concerned about how some media houses are handling this matter.

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