- Legal representatives for Cyril Ramaphosa say that Busisiwe Mkhwebane got hold of a large number of CR17 bank statements
- They have raised concerns about how this information was obtained
- The lawyers also claim that this violated the president's privacy
Cyril Ramaphosa's lawyers claim that Busisiwe Mkhwebane obtained two years' worth of bank statements linked to the president's CR17 campaign.
Ramaphosa's legal team says this is a breach of privacy.
The lawyers also questioned how the Public Protector got hold of these documents as her investigation was meant to focus on the R500 000 Bosasa donation made to the campaign.
According to the Sunday Times, Ramaphosa's lawyers made these arguments in new court documents that they have filed. Additionally, the team has suggested that Mkhwebane herself was responsible for the recent leaking of several CR17 bank statements to the media and public, The Citizen has reported.
"The Presidency notes with grave concern what amounts to a violation of the constitutionally enshrined right to privacy," said presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko.
This comes after the high court ruled in favour of Ramaphosa's bid to have many of these CR17 documents sealed. However, by then a number of the documents were already in the public sphere, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
While the Public Protector opted not to appeal this ruling, her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe was highly-critical of Ramaphosa's motivations for trying to have the documents sealed.
Specifically, Segalwe claimed that the president was trying to protect those who had donated to his campaign.
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