- The presidency has reacted to leaked e-mails over the CR17 campaign, dubbing it 'smoke and mirrors'
- Spokesperson Khusela Diko is adamant that President Cyril Ramaphosa has not committed any crime
- Diko insists that Ramaphosa is under no obligation to declare donors to his presidential campaign
Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko has claimed that Ramaphosa has not broken any laws and is under no obligation to reveal who sponsored his 2017 presidential campaign.
Briefly.co.za reported that News24 had released leaked e-mails from the campaign, revealing that Ramaphosa had consulted with managers on certain donors, despite claiming he had nothing to do with raising capital.
Diko is adamant that the narrative emerging as a result of the leak was nothing but 'smoke and mirrors', insisting that Ramaphosa had been honest over his involvement:
"I want to reiterate. This is just smoke and mirrors. At the core of it, the president has not committed any crime. None of those donations are coming from anybody, to the best of our knowledge, who would have gotten that money illegally."
The spokesperson says that the source of the highly confidential information was a far greater concern:
"We do not want to cast aspersions on any person for the leaking of the e-mails. It’s a bit concerning… who is it that would have access to the head of state’s private communications?"
Diko reiterated that Ramaphosa had no obligation to reveal who had provided funds to his campaign.
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