From Vavi to Shivambu - Big names weigh in on Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign funders

Opinions differ about the allegations surrounding the funding of Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign for election as ANC president.
Opinions differ about the allegations surrounding the funding of Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign for election as ANC president.
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A report which revealed the names of some of the biggest alleged donors for President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign, has sparked widespread reaction from politicians, political commentators and South Africans.

Wits University vice-chancellor professor Adam Habib, EFF senior leadership Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Floyd Shivambu and former Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have all chimed in on the matter, but with opposing views. 

According to the Sunday Independent report, millions were allegedly forked out by, among others, Nicky Oppenheimer, Raymond Ackerman and Maria Ramos.  

For Habib, the list was neither surprising nor shocking. He called the debate around the CR17 funders a "scam" due to the predictability of the donors.

Vavi was specific about the donors he wants out in the open - those who funded Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's campaign. "Now that we know who donated to the CR17 campaign, may we also be furnished with the list of individuals and companies who donated to the NDZ campaign?" 

Ndlozi rubbished this view, saying exposing funders for the NDZ campaign would serve zero purpose as she is not the head of state. 

In a series of tweets, Ndlozi further questioned why the ANC veterans have not said anything regarding the CR17 funders, and accused Ramaphosa of having no integrity.

Another member of the red berets, Floyd Shivambu, lamented the "whiteness" of the donors, saying it is not reflective of the majority of the ANC's leadership. 

New information has surfaced about the public protector's probe into President Cyril Ramaphosa. On August 3 2019, News24 claimed that leaked emails showed Ramaphosa had known who funded his CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency. The emails allegedly show that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan played a central role in raising funds for the campaign. Ramaphosa was consulted about plans to approach donors, including Greek shipping tycoon Tony Georgiades, who was linked to the controversial arms deal, and a ''politically connected socialite'' previously suspected of smuggling gold out of SA.

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