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Pre-World Economic Forum breakfast with Cyril Ramaphosa on 6 May 2016. Photo: GCIS

Leaked emails a calculated move to detract from economic challenges, says ANC

In a statement shared online, the African National Congress (ANC) addressed the leaked emails around President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign.

Cyril ramaposa

Pre-World Economic Forum breakfast with Cyril Ramaphosa on 6 May 2016. Photo: GCIS

The ANC said that they have “noted with grave concern leaked emails purported to be giving details on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign or leadership at its 54th National Conference,” held from 26 to 29 July 2019.

ANC admits ‘thorough investigation is required’

The ANC explained that, to date, they have “not had a policy on how to deal with internal campaign mechanisms or the raising of monies by individual members involved in such efforts.”

They added that thorough investigation is required, as determined by the NEC held over the weekend.

In addition, the press release claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa “has acted openly and transparently by providing a detailed account to the Public Protector on these matters,” adding:

“The ANC is not aware of any acts of illegality on the part of the campaign conducted by any leader of the ANC, including President Ramaphosa.”

An ‘attempt to undermine public confidence’

They claim that the leaked emails are “nothing but a calculated maneuver [sic] to defocus and detract from the immediate task of socio-economic issues and dealing with the challenges of our economy.”

Furthermore, the ANC added that it is “also an attempt to undermine public confidence in President Ramaphosa, whose leadership has been defined by moral and ethical conduct.”

The statement concludes by saying that President Cyril Ramaphosa has always trusted the council received from the ANC.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) also rallied behind Ramaphosa, with Blade Nzimanda saying at the SACP’s 98th-anniversary celebrations in Ermelo that the campaign is an attempt to “displace comrade Cyril.”

He added that “people who failed to destroy the ANC from outside are now inside it trying to destroy it.”

Questionable donation from former Bosasa boss

This follows after a series of leaked emails made headlines over the weekend, which detail the CR17’s campaign funding operations and that some donations were not ‘above board.’

President Ramaphosa has previously stated that he had nothing to do with the donations – specifically a donation of R500 000 former Bosasa boss Gavin Watson. The leaked emails, however, paint a different story.

This week, Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko told SABC News that Ramaphosa was asked about the donation, but added that the President “did not have the information of the donors that donated to his campaign.”

“We’ve also said to the Public Protector that the President did attend fund-raising dinners and there would be times where his guidance was sought in terms of whether to support a certain donor or not – but at the end of the day, the entire campaign was run in such a way that he is not involved in the day to day running of the funding and in soliciting of that funding.”