Mkhwebane files Ramaphosa’s ANC presidency campaign records at high court

Mkhwebane files Ramaphosa’s ANC presidency campaign records at high court

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma

It is understood the evidence, filed under Rule 53, includes the bank statements of the various entities involved in the campaign.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s legal team has filed a record of the evidence she relied on in her report on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign for the ANC presidency and a R500,000 campaign donation from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

News24 understands the evidence, filed under Rule 53, includes the bank statements of the various entities involved in the campaign, as well as emails and correspondence that formed part of Mkhwebane’s probe.

In terms of Rule 53 of the Uniform Rules of Court, a party who wants to have the courts review the decisions of another party can request that they produce the record which underpins that decision.

Ramaphosa has taken Mkhwebane’s report, in which it was found that he deliberately misled Parliament in November last year, on review.

The president was granted an interdict on Monday, unopposed by the public protector, preventing her from enforcing any of the remedial action in her report.

The record was filed with the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.

Reporters at court on Wednesday were referred to the office of the deputy judge president, Aubrey Ledwaba.

It emerged from officials in his office that he had issued a directive, also on Wednesday, confining the file to his office. The status of the record is not clear at this stage.

Last week, attorneys for Ramaphosa wrote to Ledwaba, requesting that parts of the record be sealed to protect third party confidential information.

The letter, by attorney Peter Harris, also mentioned that the president’s legal team believed some of the evidence relied on by Mkhwebane was “unlawfully obtained”.

This is a developing story.

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