- Fikile Mbalula denied being paid to campaign on behalf of Cyril Ramaphosa
- He says that the funds he received have no connection to the CR17
- However, many online slammed the minister, with some calling him a sellout
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied claims that he and Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa were paid R40 000 for campaigning on behalf of Cyril Ramaphosa.
This follows a report which allegedly contains bank statements which support this claim.
Mbalula took to social media where he insisted that the funds had "nothing to do with CR17 campaign". He did not deny receiving them, however.
To support his claim, Mbalula pointed to the dates of the bank statements. They were dated 3 January 2019, which Mbalula insists prove that the payments were not made in connection to the campaign, as the Nasrec conference took place in December 2017.
The reports of the payments to Mbalula and others have raised concerns, particularly with some of the CR17 grassroots staff, Briefly.co.za has gathered. They insist that the way payment was distributed was unfair, according to City Press. Some have even gone so far as to accuse senior campaign officials of using the funds to enrich themselves.
Mbalula also caught flack, at least on social media. Many online were unhappy that Mbalula had received funds from the Ramaphosa campaign, with The Sowetan reporting that some Twitter users had slammed the minister as a "corrupt sellout".
One political analyst, Thabani Khumalo, told IOL that many were upset with Mbalula because he had originally claimed to support Ramaphosa's opponent, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. As a result, the report that Mbalula was paid by the Ramaphosa campaign suggests that the minister is an "opportunist", Khumalo says.
He added that, if the reports are true, then they may create a picture of Mbalula in the minds of some ANC supporters as a "leader without principles".
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