- The Economic Freedom Fighters' application to have CR17 bank statements unsealed is being heard in court today
- The EFF says the unsealing of the bank statements is of public interest and should outweigh the secrecy surrounding the donors
- The application is being heard in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 16 March
EFF leader Julius Malema is applying to unseal the CR17 bank statements. The bank statements were sealed by a court order put forward by President Cyril Ramaphosa which hid the details of the donors from his presidential campaign.
Malema and EFF members are attempting to unseal the bank statements in an attempt to find out whether or not the president's donors are benefiting from any state contracts. The case is being heard in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
#CR17BankStatements is trending on Twitter as South Africans discuss the possible outcome of the court case.
According to a report by SABC News, the hearing will continue through Wednesday, 17 March. News24 reported that the EFF is arguing that 'public interest' should outweigh the privacy rights the donors have.
Twitter is buzzing with the news of the EFF being in court on Tuesday, 16 March. Briefly.co.za took to the microblogging app to see what some South Africans are saying:
"So there is no media house streaming the #CR17BankStatements court case in the whole country? Something is not right, why the secrecy?"
"If there's nothing to hide then unseal #CR17BankStatements."
"The EFF wants the #CR17BankStatements released because of their curiosity. Yep. The court's time is wasted because the EFF is curious."
"EFF is obsessed with Ramaphosa #CR17BankStatements."
"Ahh if it is Gauteng court then Ramaphosa will win. #CR17BankStatements"
"Can EFF also show us their bank statements? #CR17BankStatements"
@SANPRasep also wrote:
"How can EFF be expected to prove that there is anything untoward with #CR17BankStatements when they are sealed? What is in the public arena shows that people donated and are now getting tenders and ministerial jobs. How can we pursue such people when the evidence is sealed?"
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported on the EFF's application to have the bank statements unsealed. Malema shared a tweet stating that the EFF is the main applicant and that Advocate Ishmael Semenya would be leading the argument for the party.
EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu stated in an interview that the EFF would be going to court to clear some aspects:
"We are going to court to find out who has funded Cyril Ramaphosa to buy the ANC conference and the presidency of the ANC so that he can buy the presidency of the country."
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