EFF Leader Calls For Ramaphosa To Admit That He Lied To Parliament

ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa talks to his deputy DD Mabuza and ANC Treasure General, Paul Mashatile during a special NEC meeting held in East London ahead of the ANC 106 birthday celebrations. PICTURE: Masi Losi

JOHANNESBURG: The EFF has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take full responsibility and admit that he lied to Parliament about Bosasa payment.

Ramaphosa backtracked on a response he gave before the National Assembly 11 days ago about the payment from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, allegedly for the benefit of his son, Andile.

The president said the October 2017 payment was actually a donation towards his ANC presidential campaign, which he states was made without his knowledge.

This emerged in a letter Ramaphosa wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly dated November 14, saying he had inadvertently provided incorrect information in his initial response.

Meanwhile, speaking to media on Friday night at one of the party’s consultative meetings with the public, EFF leader Julius Malema said that Ramaphosa thought he was going to spin the issue, but now it has backfired on him.

“The president must take full responsibility and admit that he lied to Parliament and he knows what happens to people who lie to Parliament,” Malema said.

“Now the president on his own accord came back to Parliament and said I misunderstood the question and therefore I seek to clarify that question.”

Ramaphosa is currently out of the country. He arrived in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Saturday morning for the 11th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

He just concluded his working visit to Geneva, Swiss Confederation, where he co-chaired the Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).