Absa denies that it refused to co-operate with Mkhwebane

Absa denies that it refused to co-operate with Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a media briefing to release her latest investigative reports, 19 July 2019, Pretoria. picture: Jacques Nelles

Mkhwebane said she had subpoenaed the bank for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bank account information, to no avail, but Absa denies this.

Absa said in a statement on Friday that it had not refused to co-operate with the public protector’s (PP’s) investigation into South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Absa has taken note of the PP, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s assertion today that her office subpoenaed Absa to provide bank account information relating to her investigation into the President,” the statement said.

“We wish to place on record that Absa is not aware of such a supboena and therefore has not refused to cooperate with her investigation.”

Absa said that during the past 12 months the bank had received only two subpoenas from the PP and had complied with them. The bank said that neither had involved any information about Ramaphosa.

“The Public Protector’s assertion is therefore, refuted,” Absa said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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