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EFF leader Julius Malema.

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Malema asks Ramaphosa to reveal CR17 donors like he did PPE contracts

Malema thinks that Ramaphosa is all talk when it comes to fighting corruption, and called on him to clear the air about his campaign funding.

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EFF leader Julius Malema.

Photo by Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu)

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, has hatched a plan to finally get his hands on documents relating to President’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign.

On Thursday 27 August, he suggested that Ramaphosa publish the names of donors to his CR17 campaign in the same spirit he did when revealing the names of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement contractors on Wednesday. 

Malema calls for publication of CR17 documents

Malema believes the documents contain answers to his suspicions that South Africa’s presiding leader engaged in all manner of corrupt activities to ensure his success in the 2017 African National Congress election campaign, and has pursued them for some time.

He got the chance to speak with Ramaphosa over zoom during a question and answer session in parliament, and having already called DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone a racist several hours earlier, got down to serious business.

“Do you agree with me that corruption in South Africa is deeply rooted to a point where even your own spokesperson was implicated in this PPE scandal?” He asked, referring to the dismissal of spokesperson Khusela Diko over allegations that she is linked to PPE fraud

“The whole office of the president has people who are involved in some of these allegations of the PPE [procurement scandal].”

He said that it should be just as simple for Ramaphosa to reveal the names of donors to the CR17 campaign as it was to make public the names of those who have benefitted from contractual government tenders to procure PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“But President – if you unseal the CR17 documents, you make it easy for us to see if the donors of CR 17 are not the beneficiaries of PPE’s,” he suggested. 

‘You say you are fighting corruption, yet you have sealed documents which will help us to hold you and your party and your ministers accountable.”

Ramaphosa delivering ‘lip service’ regarding corruption fight – Malema 

Malema agreed with Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen that Ramaphosa is prone to barking louder than he bites, and said that if the President is serious about dealing with rampant corruption form within his own party, he should start by proving the he himself is not among those involved. 

“I think that it is just lip service to say you are fighting corruption whereas at the same time you’re not telling us who donated to CR17 so that we can quickly check if these people are not beneficiaries of the PPE’s,” he said. 

He also suggested that the whole concept of government dishing out tenders to companies – dubious or __ – is something that could easily be binned and replaced with a more efficient strategy. 

“Don’t you think that it is time we must do away with the tendering system and build internal capacity to avoid this type of corruption, particularly on simple things such as masks? The state can produce its own masks,” he said.

Malema asks for ‘special courts’ to tackle corruption

Referring to the 54 Special Courts set up by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in 2010 ahead of the FIFA World Cup, designed to tackle any form of corruption relating to preparation for the games, Malema said that Ramaphosa should implement measures that serve a similar purpose during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“If you are serious, and you want to take action so people can see that indeed the president is an anti-corruption activist, why are you not establishing the special courts like we did with 2010?”

“This is mass murder being committed because if they steal that money which can buy more PPE’s then it means people are going to die.”