Large donations to CR17 campaign created a risk of state capture – Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has expressed concern that the large donations to the CR17 campaign created a risk of state capture.

Mkhwebane made the observation in her report into allegations of deliberately misleading parliament, conflict of interest, and suspicion of money laundering against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

One donor for three largest donations

In a press conference while releasing the report on Friday morning, Mkhwebane said three of the largest donations came from the same donor.

The three largest donations amounted to R30 000 000, R39 620 000, and R51 506 000 respectively.

In conclusion on the above revelations relating to exchanges of large sums of money, some of which received from private companies, I wish to express my preliminary view that such a scenario when looked at carefully, creates a situation of the risk of some sort of state capture by those donating these monies to the campaign.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Donations to be made public

The Public Protector gave the Speaker of National Assembly 30 days to demand that all donations made to CR17 campaign be made public.

The Presidency has said President Ramaphosa has not yet received the final report of the Public Protector and he is therefore unable to comment.

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