South African President Ramaphosa to fight corruption claims in court

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UPDATED 7:41 AM PT — Monday, July 22, 2019

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is pictured. (AP/Photo)

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.

Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma, centre, as he appears in Johannesburg Monday July 15, 2019, before a commission probing allegations of corruption during his tenure as the country’s leader as president from 2009 until 2018. Zuma was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress party over widespread reports of corruption and was replaced by his then deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. (Pool Photo via AP)