UPDATED 7:41 AM PT — Monday, July 22, 2019
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is planning to fight the accusations of corruption against him in court.
This comes after the country’s corruption watchdog claimed Ramaphosa misled lawmakers about a $34,000 contribution to his presidential campaign.
While speaking to reporters Sunday, Ramaphosa described the report as flawed, adding, he had only partial knowledge of his campaigns fundraising details.
“I have decided to take this action not only to protect the rights that the constitution affords me as a person, but also to preserve the integrity of the office that I occupy,” he stated.
South Africa’s previous president, Jacob Zuma, had to resign last year after public prosecutors revealed his corruption ties to the powerful Gupta family.