Leading a protest against the Bosasa group outside of their Johannesburg offices on Friday, Mmusi Maimane went hell-for-leather in his criticism of the organisation and their ties to the Ramaphosa family.
We’ve had a lot of Ramaphosa / Zuma drama this week, and comparisons like this will do the president’s image no favours. He’s currently fighting allegations of corruption after Bosasa gave Andile Ramaphosa a R500 000 paymentwhich was then used to fund Cyril’s ANC leadership bid.
Ubaba kaAndile: Maimane gets personal on Bosasa matter
DA Leader Maimane got stuck into the deal, labelling it as an “out-and-out bribe”. Ramaphosa was also taunted with the term “uBaba kaAndile” – a play on the “uBaba kaDuduzane” moniker the EFF gave Jacob Zuma when they refused to use his name in Parliament.
“It looks more and more like we have simply replaced uBaba kaDuduzane with uBaba kaAndile.”
“Corrupt businesses never use their own bank accounts – there is always a middleman. This could be a family member, a shell company or a trust account – anything to put a little distance between them and the person paying the bribe.”
“We can’t have double standards when it comes to bribery and corruption – particularly not when it involves the highest office of the country. The President’s links to Bosasa – including all payments made to him, to the ANC and to his son, whether directly or through shell companies, third parties or trust accounts – must be investigated in detail.”
Mmusi Maimane on the Ramaphosas’ Bosasa payments
Who has allegedly benefited from Bosasa?
Gwede Mantashe, Nomvula Mokonyane, Thabang Makwetla, Dudu Myeni (SAA), Linda Mti, Mbulelo Gingcana (PRASA) and Vincent Smith have all been listed as ANC members who have benefited from services granted by Bosasa after they were granted government tenders.
According to a Special Investigative Unit report, The security facilities company offered to upgrade perimeter fences and CCTV installations at each politician’s home. Since 2013, no action has been taken against either Bosasa or those members listed.
Earlier this week, Mmusi Maimane claimed that R10 billion had exchanged hands between the ANC and Bosasa. However, it’s the rogue half-a-million that has really enraged the DA, who have now reported the matter to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for further review.