PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign managers told us he didnt know anything about what was going on in his fund raising campaign that propelled him to the top position of the African National Congress (ANC). There are a few lingering questions:
- Has the President returned the R500,000.00 donation from Gavin Watson as he said he would?
- I have not as yet heard or read where the President disputes the email purportedly from him instructing a banker to deposit an amount of R20million from one of his money market accounts to Ria Tenda Trust, one of three accounts into which donors could deposit money towards the CR17 campaign. Did he send this instruction?
- While the President and his campaign managers have not commented on the authenticity of the banks statements of Linkd Environmental Services, one of the bank accounts into which money was deposited and channeled to various ANC structures which supported him, several people including a journalist who worked on the CR17 campaign as a media consultant, have confirmed the payments. Oliver Meth has since joined the Independent group of newspapers.
- Was it sheer coincidence that some of the big donors for his campaign have been appointed to state owned entities
– Sifiso Dabengwa who donated R1.2m according to a Sunday Independent expose, now sits on the board of Eskom. He was overlooked for acting ceo job at the power utility in favour of Jabu Mabuza, who was recently appointed to executive chairman and acting ceo.
– Disgraced Mark Lamberti donated R1m. Then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him as a director at Eskom as part of a broad shake-up at the power utility. The North Gauteng High Court found Lamberti was racist and sexist towards Adila Chowan. Read the full story here https://wp.me/p7OMJc-1fW
- Is it sheer coincidence that some of the beneficiaries of the CR17 campaign have been appointed to ministerial posts.
The statements show payments to many politicians including Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa and those of the two members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Mbalula and Kodwa’s payments were made early this year and they’ve explained they were paid for the ANC election campaign. The two were based at the Luthuli House at the time.
Tebogo Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi of the EFF resigned yesterday over payments of R80,000 each from the CR17 campaign.
- Why was a company Linkd Environmental Services, which belongs to one of the CR17 campaign managers Crispian Olver used as the conduit through which money was channelled to the various provincial and local structures?
The company’s website says it “comprises a team of experienced environmental consultants who partner with businesses, government and NGOs to develop innovative environmental solutions.
We offer policy, project management and regulatory compliance services to assist your company/project to develop custom-made solutions in the fields of climate change, biodiversity, pollution and waste management”.
- Has the President called his campaign managers to demand a full explanation? If so, does he now know his donors?