President Cyril Ramaphosa has reacted to Oscar Mabuyane’s judicial review process into the damning report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, SurgeZirc SA reports.
Recall that the Public Protector’s report revealed that Premier of the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane had benefitted from over R1.1 million that was siphoned off from the Mbizana municipality, in that he received payments for upgrades to his Bunkers Hill home, valued at R450,000.
The report also found there was an irresistible inference that MEC Madikizela knew that the R1.1million was derived from the unlawful activity and that there is a reasonable apprehension or probability that Mabuyane also knew or reasonably ought to have known the same.
Ramaphosa while speaking to journalists reiterated that Mabuyane decision to carry out a judicial review is backed within the statutory provision of the law.
“It is there now. I would say let’s wait until it is finalised there and then after that, we will see what we do.
“We have got a beautiful democracy that allows an opportunity to get things reviewed in a careful and well-considered manner.
“That is precisely what the provincial chairperson of the ANC has done so let us allow the review process he initiated to get underway and we will see once that has happened,” He said.
Earlier in October, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says it was entitled to R280, 000 from the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela R1.1m memorial service funds.
The ANC provincial spokesperson Loyiso Magqashela made this known stating that the party will not challenge any allegations raised against them in the report.
“We did not see the importance in raising the issue about the ANC which is mentioned in the report.“We know what happened and why we are mentioned there. It was not anything we wrongly benefited from but it was what was due to us. We felt that there was not even a need to talk about it or take action. We are not going to review anything as the ANC. It is these two comrades who are going to do it,” he said.