Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu has seemingly dismissed Tuesday’s ruling by the high court in Pretoria setting aside Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane’s report on the Bosasa donation to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign.
The court ruled that Mkhwebane’s finding that Ramaphosa deliberately misled Parliament about the donation was “fatally flawed.”
It also found that Mkhwebane had no jurisdiction to expand her investigation to include the entire CR17 campaign.
The court further found that Mkhwebane did not provide evidence to back her finding that Ramaphosa received a personal financial benefit. As a result, there was no risk of conflict of interest.
Ramaphosa was also not obliged to declare donations to the CR17 campaign, the court said, adding that Mkhwebane relied on the wrong law for her finding that there was suspicion of money laundering in the CR17 campaign.
In a tweet soon after the ruling, Shivambu wrote, “The capitalist establishment is entrenched in virtually all spheres of the state and will do everything to protect their Manchurian candidate.
“The only way to defeat this nonsense is to go to the ground and build a solid movement for economic freedom in our lifetime. No retreat!”
Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s reaction
EFF MP Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also reacted to the ruling by posting a video of a seemingly confused mayor on Twitter.
He accompanied it with the caption, “The reason we are going to lose confidence and respect in the courts and the very concept of the rule of law, is because judges are beginning to sound like this mayor here…”
Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen took the opportunity to appeal to Mkhwebane to resign in the wake of the damaging ruling.
He tweeted, “Surely it’s time to do the honourable thing and go now before doing further damage to the credibility of the office?”
In an interview with journalists soon after the ruling, Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said she would “rally” her legal team to study the ruling before making a decision on the way forward.
He said, “This was a very extensive judgement, so what would not be advisable for the Public Protector to do at this point in time is to offer a knee-jerk reaction.”