Cyril Ramaphosa launches the ANC elections manifesto at Church Square in Pretoria on 27 September 2021."/>JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) he has no direct and precise records at the alleged use of public funds for celebration political purposes.
In a letter submitted to Scopa chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa and dated nine February 20211, Ramaphosa said the statements he made in a leaked recording have been primarily based on allegations already within the public domain and rumours circulating within the ANC and in broader society.
Ramaphosa needed to solution a fixed of questions from Parliament following the release of leaked audio from the assembly in March.
This saga also saw the ANC’s caucus suspending MP Mervyn Dirks, who wrote to Scopa calling for the president to account.
"Some of the facts regarding this count number had already been inside the public domain prior to the assembly at which the statement turned into made, of which committee contributors are no doubt equally conscious," Ramaphosa stated.
Last month, Scopa wrote to the President sending 8 questions he had to solution to - regarding the leaked audio.
In the audio, the president can be heard pronouncing he turned into conscious that public cash have been used for birthday celebration purposes.
He also stated testimony given on the nation seize fee where it changed into alleged that cash from the State Security Agency's slush fund discovered its way into ANC optionally available contests.
The excessive-level evaluation panel on nation safety, several testimonies on the state seize commission of inquiry - such as the ones via Mo Shaik, ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka and Gibson Njenje - in addition to IPIDs court case towards some senior police members.
These are a number of the problems that have or are gambling themselves out in public that Ramaphosa rates as what inspired his feedback in this leaked audio.
Ramaphosa finishes off his letter through saying the information and volume of the misuse of public funds might emerge as clearer with the very last record of the country seize fee of inquiry.
“I do no longer have such facts. I refer the committee on this regard to the work of the fee of inquiry,” he stated time and again.
He provides that he had religion that after investigations commenced, they could uncover the evidence needed to decide who ought to face the might of the law.
“The element and volume of the misuse of public funds as referred to within the rely the committee has asked me to deal with will absolute confidence turn out to be clean as soon as the fee of inquiry's very last record is submitted, and as soon as consequential investigations - as well as those already below way - are finalised. I will, to the volume of my powers and reticence, continue to help these investigations.”
Meanwhile, Hlengwa said having studied the contents of the letter from the president, it were cited the parliamentary criminal offerings.
This is to provide steerage on sure elements of the president's response.
The committee software has been adjusted thus and the president's response, along side the felony advice, might be tabled before the committee at a meeting on Wednesday.
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