Andile Lungisa Cyril Ramaphosa CR17 ANC

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CR17: ANC heavyweight launches campaign to ‘investigate Ramaphosa’

A former ANC Youth League kingpin has explained why he wants the party’s Integrity Commission to investigate Ramaphosa’s ‘CR17’ controversy.

Andile Lungisa Cyril Ramaphosa CR17 ANC

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When Andile Lungisa isn’t smashing jugs over the heads of fellow NMB councillors, the former ANC Youth League Deputy can be found agitating against Cyril Ramaphosa. The Zuma loyalist has written to the ANC Integrity Committee, to relaunch an investigation into the president’s funding for his CR17 leadership campaign.

Who is Andile Lungisa?

Lungisa is no stranger to trouble, and he could soon be sent to jail for an offence he committed back in 2016. He assaulted a fellow member of the NMB Council by hitting him over the head with a glass container. The politician has fought tooth and nail against the charges, but legal action still looms for Lungisa.

If he’s going down, the ANC heavyweight looks primed to take someone with him. His stinging rebuke of Ramaphosa accused the president of ‘being bought and owned by white usurpers’.

What allegations are linked to the CR17 campaign?

Ramaphosa found himself in hot water last year when details of the donations made towards his CR17 campaign – which eventually saw him become the ANC leader at Nasrec three years ago – were made public.

Billionaires, alleged ‘white monopoly capitalists’ and other business interests were all believed to have illicitly pumped money into Cyril’s candidacy. The controversy was also probed by the Public Protector.

CR17: Lungisa wants Ramaphosa to face investigation

Busisiwe Mkhwebane failed to prove any wrongdoing in court, and the controversy eventually went off the radar. But Lungisa has returned this week with an uncomfortable reminder for the president. According to the ANC member, the president committed ‘historical offences’ to get himself elected:

“I am wondering what would have been the attitude if it were my campaigners who fundraised close to [R1bn], but it seems we are expected to be quiet because it’s President Ramaphosa’s campaigners. Leaked e-mails of the CR17 campaign funds revealed the current regime is bought and owned by white usurpers.”

“There’s an affidavit to the public protector wherein President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his own words, admitted to the fact that bank accounts were opened for the purposes of fundraising for his campaign to be ANC leader. In the history of the ANC, this has never happened. This must be referred to the Integrity Committee.”

“Those among us who are committed to the dismantling of the neocolonial racist power structures that permeate our society can ill afford any complacency in the face of such a threat. Leading figures of this regime have made no secret about their intentions of weakening and fragmenting the ANC.”

Andile Lungisa on Cyril Ramaphosa and the CR17 camapign