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President submits response to Public Protector

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to a notice issued by the Public Protector with respect to an investigation into alleged violations of the Executive Ethics Code.

At the end of May 2019 the Public Protector issued a notice in terms of Section 7(9) of the Public Protector Act, which stipulates the following: “If it appears to the Public Protector during the course of an investigation that any person is being implicated in the matter being investigated and that such implication may be to the detriment of that person or that an adverse finding pertaining to that person may result, the Public Protector shall afford such person an opportunity to respond in connection therewith, in any manner that may be expedient under the circumstances.”

Due to other pressing matters of State, the President requested and was granted two extensions for the submission of his response.

President Ramaphosa submitted his response to the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, today, Thursday 27 June 2019.

The President’s submission contains various confirmatory affidavits and supporting documents which, in his view, will enable this matter to be brought to conclusion as speedily as possible.

The President has reaffirmed his respect for the office of the Public Protector and his commitment to offer his full cooperation.

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707

Issued by: The Presidency