President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

Ramaphosa denies buying votes during CR17 campaign

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the State Capture Commission that contrary to some media reports, there’s nothing sinister about his CR17 campaign


President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is finally coming clean about his rise to the Union Buildings and has dismissed claims that he dug deep into his pockets to secure votes for himself during the party’s elective conference in December 2017.

Ramaphosa testified before the State Capture Commission on Thursday, 29 April 2021. Since defeating Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become ANC president and by extension, head of state, a dark cloud has hung over how exactly he managed to do that.

The ANC president has told the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Raymond Zondo, that all the ongoings of his CR17 presidential campaign were above board, contrary to some reports.

“The rumour that the money was used to buy votes, that is far from it. I said I would rather lose the race rather than have votes bought. It was used to transport people and hire venues. There is still a debt that still has to be paid,” Ramaphosa said.

“There was nothing sinister about the CR17 campaign, there was nothing underhand. I would never allow that.”

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa defends CR17 campaign donors

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been heavily criticised for failing to be transparent with South Africans and not unsealing his CR17 campaign funding documents – which would show just how much was donated and most importantly, by whom. For now though, there is a legal bid by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to unmask his donors.

Ramaphosa has told the commission that he understood why people who forked out money for his CR17 campaign would want to remain anonymous.

He has further denied some claims that the donations were made by people who would then get something in return from him.

“People say those who gave money wanted something in return. I would never allow that. Some of the people who donated, I got to know because they told me, but the majority I never knew,” Ramaphosa said.