Ramaphosa responds to SCOPA questions about alleged ANC abuse of public funds

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) said it received a written response from President Cyril Ramaphosa about his alleged involvement in the misuse of public funds on Friday, 11 February.


The matter is related to the complaint lodged by now-suspended ANC MP Mervyn Dirks, who claimed that Ramaphosa was aware that public money was allegedly used to fund the governing party’s election campaigns.

Dirks’ complaint to SCOPA was based on a voice recording – of someone who sounded like Ramaphosa – telling an ANC NEC Committee that he is aware of the misuse of public funds by the party.

As previously reported, SCOPA gave Ramaphosa seven to 10 days to respond to the questions.

On Friday, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, the Committee chairperson, confirmed receipt of the President’s letter.

“Having studied the contents of the letter from the President, Mr Hlengwa has referred it to the Parliamentary Legal Services to give guidance on certain aspects of the President’s response,” said SCOPA in a statement.

The contents of Ramaphosa’s letter and Parliament’s legal advice will be presented at a SCOPA meeting on Wednesday, 16 February.

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa was at the post-SONA Presidential Golf Challenge fundraiser in Melkbosstrand on Friday. He confirmed that he signed the letter, to journalists, but would not answer further questions.

The President said he would have a sit-down interview with the media on Tuesday, 15 February, the details of which are yet to be revealed.

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