Fact Check: President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign paid judges

Fact Check: President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign paid judges

- Claims regarding President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign have abounded in recent times

- With the Public Protector calling for an investigation into money laundering, the funds have garnered a great deal of interest

- Briefly.co.za explores allegations that the campaign had made payments to members of the judiciary

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A social media post claimed to list 'some of the judges' who allegedly enjoyed funds paid by President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign.

Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa's bid to become the president of the ANC in 2017 had come into the spotlight when a R500 000 payment from BOSASA was made public.

An investigation was conducted by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, with her report calling for a probe into the possibility of money laundering.

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The post in question claimed that High Court Judge Lettie Molopa-Sethosa, former United Nations High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay and Shamila Batohi, the head of the National Prosecuting Authority had received funds via the campaign.

Africa Check says that no evidence has been put forward to support these claims. Speaking to TimesLIVE, Batohi had denied the allegations:

“I think these are tactics to try to distract you from doing your work and this is the start of it. There is going to be a lot more and I realise I have to fortify myself against these attacks.”

Pillay, who was accused of receiving R100 000 last year, had retired from her position in 2014.

Batohi, who had allegedly also received funding last year, had not yet been appointed as the national director of the NPA.

In conclusion, no evidence has been submitted and no legitimate documents have been revealed to prove these allegations.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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