South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is under investigation for money laundering by the country’s corruption watchdog.

After reports of this came out over the weekend, the watchdog, called the Public Protector, issued a statement on Monday clarifying the nature of the investigation.

It said that the investigation stems from a complaint on 23 November 2017 from the opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane.

He has alleged that a payment of 500,000 rand ($35,000; £27,000) towards Mr Ramaphosa’s 2017 campaign to become ANC leader.

Specifically Mr Maimane says that it was not a straight forward donation but instead passed through several intermediaries, which raises the suspicion of money laundering.

Mr Ramaphosa’s election campaign team issued a statement denying the allegation and added that they have been assisting the Public Protector with the investigation.


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