- President Cyril Ramaphosa was placed in a “very embarrassing” situation by the EFF
- Ramaphosa seemingly disagreed with the resignations of 2 EFF members following their ties to the CR17 campaign
- During a question-and-answer session in parliament, Ramaphosa responded strongly to EFF leader Julius Malema on the issue of full disclosure
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have made life extra hard for President Cyril Ramaphosa in the midst of the CR17 campaign’s donor list scandal.
Leaked bank statements linked to Ramaphosa’s successful bid for the presidency of the African National Congress have come under severe scrutiny.
During a question-and-answer session in parliament, Ramaphosa addressed some of the key concerns that were raised on Thursday.
In the aftermath of the allegations, two EFF members were identified as being beneficiaries of the bank account in question.
Tebogo Mokwele and Nkasigang Mokgosi both decided to step down from the party on Monday amidst the scandal and felt they brought the party into disrepute.
Briefly.co.za understands that Mokwele admitted to receiving R80 000 between 2017 and 2019.
The Citizen reported that in response to the news, Ramaphosa seemingly disagreed with their decision and feels it placed him in an embarrassing position.
According to the president, the two individuals expressed a financial need at the time and he merely helped them as a good gesture.
EFF leader Julius Malema also asked Ramaphosa whether he would fully disclose the details surrounding his campaign.
Ramaphosa cautioned that all party candidates should then be accountable to the same standard.
Ramaphosa said, “This is perhaps the appropriate time for this House to consider whether it is necessary and desirable for funding of internal party contests to be regulated.”
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