In an admission that could embarrass South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, his son Andile admitted on March 27th receiving $140,000 from a company facing extensive corruption allegations.
This will not surprise many in the country, whose ruling African National Congress is known to have been embroiled in multiple graft scandals since coming to power in 1994. However, President Ramaphosa has sought, ahead of elections on May 8th, to de-toxify it.
"It was a severe oversight on our part," Andile told the News24 site of a $16,000-a-month deal his company signed with the Bosasa group in December 2017.
Bosasa, now trading as African Global Operations, was a conglomerate involved in bidding for and running lucrative government contracts such as prisons.
Meanwhile, AFP reports that several suspects including the company's former chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday March 27th over the alleged theft of $120 million from contracts with the prisons service.
The latest update is that the case has been adjourned to July.
"It is clear now with the benefit of hindsight that our due diligence was insufficient in retrospect of my father's role going into the Presidency," Andile Ramaphosa told News24.
Moreover, his company, Blue Crane Capital, was contracted to provide advice on over 20 public and private sector contracts in Uganda and Kenya.
Up to now, there is no suggestion Andile Ramaphosa or his company were involved in the alleged corruption at the centre of the ongoing criminal case.
Meanwhile, Agrizzi, the former Bosasa executive, has made sweeping corruption allegations against government officials including ministers who served during former president Jacob Zuma's time in office.