SA president in money laundering probe

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.


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