- The EFF has threatened to take President Cyril Ramaphosa to court should he fail to disclose who funded his presidential campaign
- However, the spotlight was turned on their own funding by DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen
- Steenhuisen wanted to know who funding the Red Berets' expensive liquor habits, which were recently highlighted by the media
The Economic Freedom Fighters have threatened to take the president to court over his presidential campaign funding.
This came after ANC MP and chairperson of the justice portfolio committee introduced the proposal to amend the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took the opportunity to make a declaration, saying that:
"It is important in terms of this particular amendment and legislative process to reiterate our call that President Ramaphosa must take the country into its confidence about people, companies, that funded his presidential campaign to become the president of the ANC."
Ndlozi claims that Ramaphosa's failure to declare funding for the campaign in Parliament was illegal:
"It is a fact that he doesn't deny that he received funding for his presidential campaign. He did not declare it in Parliament."
The EFF MP is adamant that failure to reveal his funding would see Ramaphosa facing legal action from the party.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen acknowledged that the amendment should be passed, but drew attention to the EFF's own actions:
"Who is paying for the business class tickets that were found in the rubbish bins at those parties? Who is paying for the Moët & Chandon and Meerlust Rubicon that was found there?"
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a report had found expensive liquors in the aftermath left behind following an EFF after-party, showcasing luxurious habits.
News24 reports that Steenhuisen also noted the recent claims that Floyd Shivambu, EFF deputy president, had met with business tycoon, Johann Rupert:
"Why are politicians meeting with Mr Anton [sic] Rupert, quietly, behind the scenes, and keeping this away from their own parties?"
Nevertheless, the DA welcomed the new Act, even if it was a matter of 'too little, too late':
"We look forward to this new era of transparency, hopefully it will prevent things like we've seen unfolding in our body politic in the last fortnight."
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