CONTROVERSIAL Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to appear before the party’s integrity commission over R1bn in donations paid to the CR17 campaign.
In a hard-hitting letter addressed to the party’s national officials, Lungisa it was unheard of in the ANC that someone would raise money from businesses to campaign for the highest position in the party.
Ramaphosa has been under fire since emails and bank statements were leaked related to the December 2017 Nasrec conference for his campaign, which saw him win the ANC presidency in a tightly contested race against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The campaign, popularly known as the CR17 campaign, was also the subject of an investigation by the Public Protector.
“In the history of the ANC this has never happened,” writes Lungisa.
“It is foreign culture in the movement where money is raised by business people in support of a candidate to emerge using their financial influence which was proven to influence the conference outcomes,” Lungisa said Leaked financial bank statements showed that millions of rands were raised to fund Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign, dubbed CR17, ahead of the ANC national conference held in Nasrec in 2017 where he emerged a victor.”
Lungisa is a staunch supporter of former president Jacob Zuma and Dlamini-Zuma, Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential opponent in 2017.
“This letter on Cde President Cyril Ramaphosa being taken on integrity commission is not based on expediency as some simpletons will accuse me of. It is based on pursuing parts that are good for the years that will benefit and strengthen the ANC and allow its leadership to implement conference resolutions,” Lungisa added.
He said it was noteworthy that at the time of his presidential campaign, Ramaphosa was no ordinary party member but its deputy president and that of the country.
“He knew that such collection of millions was done in his name and to influence the outcome of a conference of the ANC,” he said.
“He further did nothing to call the grouping out of order or better to bring the officials of the ANC into confidence about this foreign tendency. His actions were against the culture, tradition and internal organisational processes.”
“There is an affidavit to the public protector wherein Cde president Cyril Ramaphosa, in his own words, admitted to the fact that bank accounts were opened for the purposes of fundraising for his campaign to be ANC president,” said Lungisa.
Lungisa’s letter comes just days after another Zuma supporter, Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama, opened a case against the president last Saturday.
In an affidavit, which he filed at the Hillbrow police station in Johannesburg, Mngxitama said his case was based on publicly available information which the president has not denied.
This includes an affidavit by the director of the Financial Intelligence Centre, advocate Xolisile Khanyile, one by public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and another by Ramaphosa.
The affidavits are part of a court case between the president and Mkhwebane over a report on donations made to the CR17 campaign.
“Information in the public domain shows that the total amount paid for the benefit of president Ramaphosa to be elected as the president of the ANC and subsequently, president of the Republic of South Africa amounted to R1bn,” said Mngxitama.
“After president Ramaphosa had subsequently been elected as the president of the Republic of South Africa, the people who assisted him with funding in his race to become the president benefited in one way or the other. Others were appointed in key positions while some business people received lucrative contracts with government.”
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