Godongwana says nothing sinister about CR17, but concerns are mounting

Godongwana says nothing sinister about CR17, but concerns are mounting

- Some of Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign staff are unhappy with how they were paid

- They claim that some other figures were paid disproportionately for their work

- Some of the campaign staff alleged that senior C17 officials used the campaign to enrich themselves

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Concerns have been raised over the discrepancies in the amounts paid out to campaigners for Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 election campaign.

Some of Ramaphosa's lobbyists are unhappy that they were paid relatively little while others received exorbitant sums.

This comes after a new report alleges that figures such as Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa, among others, were paid R40 000 each for their campaign work.

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Ramaphosa won his case last week to have Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on his campaign sealed, Briefly.co.za has gathered. However, some of the information has made its way to the public. For example, City Press reports that bank accounts connected to the CR17 campaign paid out a total of R13 million.

As a result, some of Ramaphosa's campaigners have complained that the allocation of money was unfair, with some grassroots lobbyists being paid little while bigwigs such as Mbalula were allegedly paid a lot. Indeed, the Sunday Independent has reported that some of the campaigners allege that senior CR17 staff members used the campaign as a way to enrich themselves.

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However, Enoch Godongwana, one of Ramaphosa's campaigners, maintains that there was nothing shady about the campaign's payments. According to The Citizen, Godongwana says campaigners were paid based on the work they did and that all payments were for legitimate services. 

Additionally, some political analysts have said that the area of campaign payments is grey, as there is no legislation governing how campaign funds should be spent.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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