- Zizi Kodwa has confirmed that he received a payment from an account linked to Ramaphosa's Nasrec election campaign
- However, Kodwa maintains that he was not paid to campaign for Ramaphosa
- This follows allegations that he and Fikile Mbalula, among others, received R40 000 for services rendered to the CR17 campaign
Deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa has admitted to receiving a payment from an account connected to Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign
However, Kodwa says that the payment had nothing to do with the election.
Like Fikile Mbalula, Kodwa argued that he received the payment in January 2019 and that this was proof that the funds were not linked to the campaign as the election took place in 2017.
This comes after a report claimed that Kodwa had been paid R50 000 in exchange for campaigning on behalf of Ramaphosa, Briefly.co.za has gathered. However, Kodwa did not say what he was paid for, if not for campaigning, according to The Dispatch.
"CR17 campaign was in 2017 and I never received any money for CR17 campaign," Kodwa told The Sowetan. "The payment you [are] probably talking about was this year, 2019. The payment had nothing to do with CR17."
Kodwa previously served as the head of the presidency within the ANC. After the 2019 general election, Ramaphosa appointed him to his Cabinet.
Kodwa's remarks come after Mbalula also denied being paid to campaign for Ramaphosa. This came after Mbalula received flack on social media, as he had publicly supported Ramaphosa's rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, at the time.
The issue of campaign fundraising and payments continue to cause headaches for Ramaphosa. For example, some grassroots lobbyists who worked for his CR17 campaign have complained that Kodwa and Mbalula were paid such large amounts while they received relatively little.
Additionally, there is the issue of the alleged donation his campaign received from Bosasa's Gavin Watson which has dogged Ramaphosa since he took office.
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