DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE leader Mmusi Maimane has been waving an affidavit at President Cyril Ramaphosa which he’s using to call for his impeachment for lying in Parliament.
The said affidavit, allegedly signed by Petrus Stephanus Venter, with details of among others, the R500,000 donation from Gavin Watson’s personal account into an EFG2 ABSA account is fake. UnCensored has received an affidavit with similar details that Maimaine has been brandishing about to demand an inquiry into the donations made to Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign.
It is signed a day after it was certified and the locations are at least several kms apart. A warrant officer signed it at Mosselbay on 18 December 2017 while Venter allegedly signed it in George in the Western Cape on 19 December 2017.
The DA sent the affidavit it is using and is the same one sent to UnCensored.
The issue began some weeks ago when Maimane, during the parliamentary inquiry into VBS, asked Ramaphosa about a questionable donation that was made by Bosasa into his son’s account for his presidential campaign. The President responded by saying his son provided consultancy services to the facilities company and a payment could have been for that.
The President’s son denied there was such a payment into his account and it has now emerged that the payment was never made into his account. The discrepancy comes from the Venter affidavit in which he says in October 2017, Watson instructed him and Natasha Olivier to pay from his personal account the “R500 000 to EFG2 with an ABSA Bank account, I was merely told it was for a foundation/ trust of Andile Ramaphosa, the son of the Deputy President of the republic of South Africa….”.
Ramaphosa’s campaign managers clarified that the money was never paid into any of the Ramaphosa family accounts and that a law firm was responsible for administering donations for his campaign.
Ramaphosa, on being alerted to the donation, wrote a letter to Parliament’s Speaker Baleka Mbete, clarifying the matter. He claimed he inadvertently misinformed the National Assembly but had not done so intentionally.
“I have been subsequently informed that the payment referred to … does not relate to that contract.
“I have been told that the payment to which the leader of the opposition referred was made on behalf of Mr Gavin Watson into a trust account that was used to raise funds for a campaign established to support my candidature for the Presidency of the African National Congress.”
Law firm edelstein, farber, grobler Inc has since emerged as the firm that administered a trust account EFG2 in respect of funds received from donors of the CR17 campaign. In a press release issued in response to Maimane’s “attempts to establish a link between the funds received in the firm’s trust account (EFG2) for the CR17 campaign with our Mr Afriat, a former director of Trillian Capital Partners and to thereby draw an inference of bribery and corruption” the firm said it was not “privy to details of donors information and/or details and simply administered a trust account….”
The firm said it would institute legal proceedings against Maimane. EFG
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