cyril Ramaphosa EFF MP

Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech to the nation – Photo: GovernmentZA / Flickr

Calls mount for Ramaphosa’s CR17 documents to be unsealed

President Cyril Ramaphosa has long maintained he has nothing to his when coming to his CR17 campaign funding documents and is willing to lay all his cards on the table

cyril Ramaphosa EFF MP

Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech to the nation – Photo: GovernmentZA / Flickr

Former president Jacob Zuma’s explosive claim that his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa essentially paid off judges as well as bribes to win the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference has set off a firestorm. Now Ramaphosa faces fresh calls from South Africans to come clean about who exactly funded what would eventually be his rise to the Union Buildings.

Zuma was undoubtedly the hot topic on Monday, 15 February 2021, when he doubled down on his decision not to appear before the State Capture Commission and launched what some could describe as a blistering attack on the country’s judiciary and Ramaphosa.

“We sit with some Judges who have assisted the incumbent President, Mr. Ramaphosa, to hide from society what on the face of it seem to be bribes obtained in order to win an internal ANC election. We sit with some judges who sealed those records simply because it will reveal that some of them, while serving in our courts, have had their hands filled with 30 pieces of silver,” Zuma said.

The controversy surrounding Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign funding has undoubtedly been a pebble in his shoe and now his detractors are demanding that the president release all documents, if he really has nothing to hide.

Social media has been awash with such sentiments, with #CR17BankStatements dominating the Twitter feed. The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Floyd Shivambu is one of many who want Ramaphosa to come clean.

Ramaphosa: I have no fears over CR17 campaign docs being exposed

Despite being part of a legal bid aimed at keeping his CR17 campaign funding documents sealed, Ramaphosa maintains everything in that respect is above board. He has also offered to be transparent, without being clear on how or when.

Ramaphosa gave an interview with Newzroom Afrika, days after he read out the ANC January 8 statement.

“I have no fear about that issue and the issue of transparency is there. So I’m quite keen to proceed along that line because that’s what it should be,” he said at the time.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had taken Ramaphosa to court, urging the High Court in Pretoria to force him to disclose the funds donated to his CR17 campaign in his bid to become ANC president. However this was set aside and the public protector took the matter to the Constitutional Court, which has since reserved judgement.

Ramaphosa emerged victorious during the ANC’s leadership contest at Nasrec in December 2017, defeating his then rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.