Ramaphosa Responds To SCOPA Leaked Audio On Campaign Funding

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to a request by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) for an explanation regarding a recording in which he is heard saying state funds were being used for African National Congress (ANC) campaigns.

On Friday, the Chairperson of SCOPA Mkhuleko Hlengwa said he had received the president’s response on the allegations implicating him related to the misuse of public funds within the stipulated 10-day deadline.

“Having studied the contents of the letter from the president,” Hlengwa has referred it to the Parliamentary Legal Services to give guidance on certain aspects of the president’s response,” said a statement issued by the Parliamentary Communication Services.

“The committee programme has been adjusted accordingly and the president’s response, along with the legal advice, will be tabled before the committee at a committee meeting on Wednesday, 16 February 2022.

“This adjustment of the committee programme means that the committee’s interaction with the Department of Employment and Labour and its entities will now take place on Wednesday evening.”

ANC member Mervyn Dirks, who brought the 2017 matter to the attention of SCOPA in January, has since been suspended by his party.

As a result, Dirks’ was also suspended from his SCOPA duties.

He faces disciplinary action for writing to SCOPA alleging wrongdoing against ANC leader, President Ramaphosa.