Cyril Ramaphosa not ready to reveal donors to CR17 election campaign

Cyril Ramaphosa not ready to reveal donors to CR17 election campaign

- Cyril Ramaphosa is going to court in an attempt to have certain documents sealed

- These included documents containing the names of donors to his CR17 campaign

- The president also argues that the Public Protector may have obtained these documents illegally

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Cyril Ramaphosa is urgently seeking to have some of the documents containing information about his CR17 election campaign sealed.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane reportedly used some of these documents to make her finding that the president had misled Parliament regarding the R500 000 donation he received from former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

The courts will hear the matter on Thursday.

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This follows the the North Gauteng High Court's ruling on Monday which suspended the remedial action on the Public Protector's report, has gathered. But this is far from the end of the legal battles between the president and the Public Protector.

Ramaphosa claims that Mkhwebane may have unlawfully obtained some of the documents pertaining to his election fundraising, according to The Sowetan. According to legal experts, Mkhwebane would not have been able to use these documents if they were in fact obtained illegally. These include some of the documents which were recently leaked to the press.

The leaks reveal that the list of donors who gave money to Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign includes businessman Nicky Oppenheimer, former ABSA CEO Maria Ramos and Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib, among others.

Nevertheless, Ramaphosa seeks to prevent Mkhwebane from attaching some of these papers to the court documents she will be filing. This may be an attempt to protect the anonymity of some of the president's donors.

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However, some commentators have argued that the leaks of the documents have already hurt Ramaphosa. Indeed, the publication of the names of donors has led some of the president's critics to alleged that he has been captured. 

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu, for example, said that the donors list proves that Ramaphosa is "rented by the white capitalist establishment".

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