DA national spokesperson Solly Malatsi has accused president Cyril Ramaphosa of being unable to deal honestly with the Bosasa crisis.

He said Ramaphosa was preparing to deliver his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday, even as he was involved in “personal controversy”.

Malatsi said Ramaphosa had failed to answer questions on a R500,000 donation received from Bosasa boss Gavin Watson – who has been accused of multiple acts of fraud, corruption and money laundering at the Zondo commission – or his son Andile’s business dealings with the entity.

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“We cannot expect president Ramaphosa to provide answers to our nation’s greatest crises when he cannot provide answers to his and his family’s relationship with a company that has succeeded by bribing ANC and senior government officials for the better part of two decades,” Malatsi said in an statement on Wednesday night.

Malatsi accused the president of poor leadership, saying that Ramaphosa had failed to bring to book the eight senior ANC leaders fingered in the Bosasa scandal before the Zondo commission.

“From Gwede Mantashe, to Nomvula Mokonyane, to Vincent Smith – not a single ANC politician has been held to account.

“Former President Jacob Zuma was a man of lies and inaction; and Ramaphosa has shown himself to be of the same poor calibre. Ramaphosa is the driver of the same broken bus. South Africa needs a new bus, not just a new driver.”

He also called on the president to “instruct his Cabinet to audit all government contracts and deals with Bosasa and instruct his Cabinet to cancel all existing government contracts with Bosasa”.

He said the Zondo commission exposed how Bosasa enriched ANC members for the past two decades and how the ruling party had sold out the people of South Africa, adding that Ramaphosa’s inaction was “highly suspicious”.

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“It is vital that the president comes clean ahead of the State of the Nation and tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Anything less will show where his true loyalties lie,” Malatsi said.

– African News Agency

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