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South Africa’s High Court has dismissed the findings of an anti-corruption investigator who said that President Cyril Ramaphosa had deliberately misled parliament over a campaign donation.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane showed lack of knowledge of the law and did not have the power to investigate the donation, the court ruled.

Judges also dismissed her call for the president to be investigated for possible money-laundering.

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The ruling is a major boost for him.

If Mkhwebane’s findings were upheld, Ramaphosa would have been under pressure to resign for lying to parliament.

Instead, the ruling is expected to strengthen calls for Mkhwebane’s removal from office.

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The case revolved around a donation of more than $36,000 that a controversial private firm, Bosasa, had made towards Ramaphosa’s campaign for the leadership of the governing African National Congress (ANC) in 2017.

Questioned in parliament the following year, Ramaphosa denied his campaign had received the donation.

He later apologised, saying he had been misinformed when he gave the answer.—BBC

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