Minister blasts report claiming she used CR17 R5m to buy car, mansion

Minister blasts report claiming she used CR17 R5m to buy car, mansion

- Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has dismissed allegations that she used CR17 campaign funds to enrich herself

- This follows claims that she received R5 million from the fund

- Some campaign staff members have also said they feel the way campaign funds were allocated was unfair

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Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has denied claims that she used funds from Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign for her own benefit. 

Ntshavheni faces allegations that she personally received R5 million from the campaign.

This follows a report by the Sunday Independent which found that a number of Ramaphosa's campaign staff felt that the distribution of campaign funds was unfair.

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A number of grassroots lobbyists for the campaign say they were paid relatively little while party bigwigs such as Ntshavheni were paid large sums, has gathered. In particular, they accuse Ntshavheni - who served a manager of the campaign in Limpopo - of having used the funds to enrich herself, according to The Sowetan.

Additionally, there are claims that Ntshavheni used some of the money she received from the campaign to purchase a luxury car and a mansion.

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However, Ntshavheni denies these allegations.

"The accusations that I used the campaign funds for personal benefit are laughable at best," she said.

Ntshaveni has also released a public statement dismissing these accusations. In the statement she also suggests that the claims against her are part of an attempt to "delegitimise the leadership of women", News24 has reported.

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