- All eyes are currently on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his 2017 bid to become the president of the ANC
- However, his opponent vying for the top position at the time, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has remained eerily silent
- The current minister is adamant that she will not be moved to reveal who helped fund her campaign
President Cyril Ramaphosa has found himself having to defend his integrity as his CR17 campaign funding is put under a microscope.
Briefly.co.za reported that a series of leaks had resulted in the president's funders being exposed, and subsequently criticised.
However, Ramaphosa was not elected as leader of the ANC in a one-man show, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma only lost her bid to lead the ruling party by a slim margin.
The Citizen reports that the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister has made it clear she will not be moved to comment on who funded her campaign.
BOSASA CEO Gavin Watson, whose R500 000 donation to Ramaphosa's campaign ignited the controversy in the first place, allegedly claimed he made an identical donation to Dlamini-Zuma's campaign.
News24 claims that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane interviewed Watson over his donation to the president, which saw him admitting to helping both presidential hopefuls:
"You see my sister, I helped them both. I helped them both. I don't want to get into the semantics of these things, but I helped them both and they are both aware of that - as can be seen from the newspaper reports but I seem to be the one being used as a scapegoat in this whole thing."
Watson later retracted his statement, claiming that his comments had been misconstrued, but it has nevertheless irked interest in who funded the minister's run for the top job in the country.
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