According to the Sunday Times, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has widened her probe into President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign funds, investigating possible money-laundering and other funds to the tune of R400m.
To discuss the Public Protector's potential probe, Bongani Bingwa speaks to Ramaphosa's former campaign member Dr James Motlatsi.
R400m is absolute nonsense. I wanted to correct something. The Sunday Times quoted me as saying that Ramaphosa made a mistake in responding to the question. He didn't make a mistake, he responded to the question from the Democratic Alliance based on the information he had.— Dr James Motlatsi, Former campaign member - CR17
He says the campaign members decided to raise money from investors that will not want anything in return.
We agreed that we would not involve Ramaphosa on the campaign because we didn't want him to know or be accountable to whatever fundraising we will be doing. Unfortunately, the Public Protector has decided now to play to the gallery of factionalism within the African National Congress.— Dr James Motlatsi, Former campaign member - CR17
He adds that he has written an affidavit that states that he is the one who asked for a donation from Gavin Watson and not Ramaphosa.
The person who knew Mr Watson is James Motlatsi. I went to his office in Randfontein because I knew him before, but I didn't know how he conducts his business. If there was any money moved from the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, I would say it was money we asked when we were under threat and not getting money for the campaign.— Dr James Motlatsi, Former campaign member - CR17
When probed further as to whether it was acceptable to take money from the foundation into the campaign, Motlatsi had this to say.
I am saying it could have happened, I am not going to say it hasn't happened. The money from the foundation shouldn't have been used for the campaign. I am saying not even a single cent was used from the foundation to the campaign.— Dr James Motlatsi, Former campaign member - CR17
Listen below to the full interview: