ANC CR17 campaign leaders to brief media on fundraising controversy

Jackson Mthembu. Image credit: Twitter/Jackson Mthembu

African National Congress (ANC) members who led the CR17 campaign will brief the media on Wednesday on the ongoing fundraising controversy.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Jackson Mthembu made this announcement via Twitter on Tuesday morning.

ANC members who were in the leadership of the CR17 Campaign in the run up to the @MYANC 2017 Nasrec conference, will tomorrow brief the media about the political campaign including its funding.

The briefing will remove any confusion regarding who was responsible for what.

ANC NEC member Jackson Mthembu

Mthembu was among the most prominent supporters of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendancy to the ANC presidency at the party’s 2017 national conference.

Ramaphosa subsequently appointed him as Minister in the Presidency after this year’s general elections.

CR17 controversy

The president is embroiled in a controversy surrounding the reportedly more than R400 million raised for his CR17 campaign.

In a recent investigative report, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa violated the Constitution by failing to declare the donations.

She also raised suspicion of money laundering in the way the funds were transferred from one entity to another.

Mkhwebane further cited emails in her possession which disputed Ramaphosa’s claim that he was kept in the dark about who funded his campaign.

News24 has since published the alleged emails after they were apparently leaked on social media.

Ramaphosa as steadfastly maintained that he never knew of the intricate details of campaign fundraising.

He has filed for an urgent interdict against implementation of Mkhwebane’s remedial actions pending his judicial review of her report.

UPDATE: Mthembu has since posted another tweet indicating that they will no longer be holding the media briefing.

Having had a discussion with the officials of our glorious movement, we are happy that they are dealing with the matters relating to our President. We have then decided not to continue with the media briefing as posted earlier today.

ANC NEC member Jackson Mthembu

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