Rand slips on investigation into Ramaphosa campaign donation

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand slipped on Thursday, as investors were unnerved by an investigation into a donation for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2017 campaign for leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party.

Ramaphosa has said he will cooperate with the investigation into whether he misled parliament over the donation, made by the head of services company Bosasa, and analysts say is no immediate risk that he could be removed from office.

But the anti-corruption watchdog’s investigation increases political uncertainty at a time when the economy is performing poorly.

At 0710 GMT, the rand traded at 14.90 versus the dollar, 0.2 percent weaker than its previous close.

Government bonds also fell, as the yield on the benchmark 2026 bond rose 3.5 basis points to 8.40 percent.

“The Bosasa scandal is the main factor driving a deterioration in risk sentiment,” said Lloyd Miller, an analyst at ETM Analytics. Nedbank CIB analysts also cited the Bosasa scandal among factors weighing on the rand.

Stocks on the Johannesburg bourse opened little changed, as the All-share index was flat in early trade.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; editing by John Stonestreet

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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