Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that President Cyril Ramaphosa breached his executive ethics code when he told parliament that he was unaware of the Bosasa donation.
Mkhwebane released her report into the complaint laid by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
The report is in relation to the R500 000 donation made to Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign leading up to the ANC’s Nasrec conference.
Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliament when he was questioned about the donation.
She said Ramaphosa violated section 96(1) of the constitution.
The matter relating to the donation had been hanging over Ramaphosa’s head since November last year, when he told the National Assembly, in an answer to a question from Maimane, that his son had received money from Bosasa for services rendered in terms of a consultancy contract.
He told Parliament then that he had seen the contract.
Ramaphosa later backtracked in a letter to then-speaker Baleka Mbete, saying the R500 000 payment from Bosasa was actually a donation to his ANC presidential campaign, which he had been unaware of.
It later emerged that Andile Ramaphosa did indeed do consultancy work for Bosasa, and his father refused to disclose how much he was paid for this work when Maimane questioned it in the National Assembly in March this year, saying the issue was with the Public Protector.
Maimane laid a complaint with the Public Protector in November last year, alleging the president had misled the National Assembly over this issue.