South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is under investigation for money laundering by the country’s corruption watchdog.
After reports of this came out over the weekend
, the watchdog, called the Public Protector, issued a statement on Monday clarifying the nature of the investigation.
It said that the investigation stems from a complaint on 23 November 2017 from the opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane.
He has alleged that a payment of 500,000 rand ($35,000; £27,000) towards Mr Ramaphosa’s 2017 campaign to become ANC leader.
Specifically Mr Maimane says that it was not a straight forward donation but instead passed through several intermediaries, which raises the suspicion of money laundering.
Mr Ramaphosa’s election campaign team issued a statement denying the allegation and added that they have been assisting the Public Protector with the investigation.