Leaked emails reveal who funded CR17 campaign


The cats out the bag and a list of alleged donors of the CR17 campaign have been revealed through leaked emails that have been circulating.

According to News 24, detailed emails and its content reveal expropriated information about the funding of the successful presidential campaign. The information further alleges that President Cyril Ramaphosa broke his oath of office to Parliament by not fully disclosing details about the origin of money and Ramaphosa was effectively involved in fundraising efforts for his presidential campaign.

There is a note written by Ramaphosa which is said to instruct his banker to transfer R20 million from a Money Market account; believed to be Ramaphosa’s own; to an account belonging to the Ria Tenda Trust, a trust used as part of the campaign’s financial machinery.

Johannesburg- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane . Photo: Felix Dlangamandla / Netwerk24 / Christiaan du Plessis

“Mkhwebane used a complaint of suspected money laundering with the Watson donation to obtain the CR17 campaign’s bank statements and warns in her report that Ramaphosa may have been captured by his private donors. She identified donations totalling almost R200m that went into the campaign, including three large amounts from the same donor.”

Kyle Cowan and Lizeka Tandwa, News 24

What do the emails further reveal?

  • The emails were obtained secretly despite campaign efforts to keep all communication private.
  • The Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was front and centre in fundraising campaigns for CR17.
  • Cyril was consulted by his campaign managers regarding plans to approach several donors; “including a Greek shipping tycoon with links to the arms deal and a politically connected socialite previously suspected of smuggling millions of rands of gold out of the country”.

“Members of the CR17 campaign expressed concerns that the emails were obtained illegally, but they have not disputed their authenticity. It is unclear how Mkhwebane obtained the emails, and her office refused to respond to questions over their provenance this week, or whether Mkhwebane had satisfied herself the emails were not obtained illegally before including them in her report.”

Kyle Cowan and Lizeka Tandwa, News 24

Who were the alleged donors?

The emails are clear that the president was asked permission for a list of people to be contacted, some of the names on the list are:

  • David Nogbeni, former Ramaphosa-owned Shanduka CEO and Kojo Mills, co-founder of Shanduka and now based in the US.
  • A London group including Martin Moshal, Macsteel founder Eric Samson.
  • Paul Ekon a millionaire miner who was once accused of smuggling millions of rands of gold out of the country.

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Publish date : 2019-08-04 13:45:36

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