JOHANNESBURG: Malatsi challenged Ramaphosa to come clean on the Bosasa contract when he answers the debate on Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa refused to release the contract between his son and facilities management company Bosasa, which the Democratic Alliance (DA) requested in an application lodged in terms of Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
Sweeping the debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the DA, MP Solly Malatsi said DA leader Mmusi Maimane had been informed that the Presidency would not provide the requested information because it did not have it.
“This is not the behaviour of someone with nothing to hide. Between you, your son and Bosasa, someone got something to hide,” Malatsi said. He challenged Ramaphosa to come clean on the Bosasa contract when he answers the debate on Thursday.
Ramaphosa last year told the National Assembly, in answer to a question from Maimane, that his son Andile had received money from Bosasa for services rendered in terms of a consultancy contract. Ramaphosa later backtracked in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.
He then said the R500 000 payment in question was actually a donation that had been made to his ANC presidential campaign, which he was previously unaware of.
Apart from the DA wanting answers on the Bosasa contract, a common theme in the speeches of opposition MPs was deriding Ramaphosa for not acting against those in the ANC benches accused of corruption.
“Show me one ANC member not accused of corruption,” Agang MP Andries Tlouamma said. Most ANC MPs raised their hands, including Minister of Mineral Resources and ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said: “Honourable Mantashe has his hand up, I think he is misleading the House.”
His failure to act against the corruption accused in his party and his links to Bosasa weren’t the only hits Ramaphosa took on Wednesday.