Maria Ramos adamant leaked Absa report is 'factually wrong'

Absa CEO Maria Ramos believes there are both factual & legal inaccuracies in the report

Head of Absa and Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos sits down for an interview with EWN at a hotel during the World Economic Forum on 19 January 2017. PIcture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

DAVOS - Absa CEO Maria Ramos says she accepts the Public Protector's explanation for how a provisional report claiming her bank owed government over R2 billion was leaked.

However she says they believe the report has serious inaccuracies.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the report was leaked after it was sent to several parties in error.

Ramos is currently in Davos for the World Economic Forum.

She says she can't say if there was any malicious intent by any party in how this report was leaked.

“She has to respond to whether or not there was malicious intent. I think for now we will take the Public Protector at her word. She has put a statement out, we haven’t yet engaged with her on that.”

And she's adamant the report's findings are wrong.

“We believe as Absa that there are both factual and legal inaccuracies in this report and that we will have an opportunity to deal with those when we meet with the Public Protector.”

Ramos also says she believes the optimism shown at the forum, by government and business, is well-founded.

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(Edited by Neo Koza)