CR17 documents to remain sealed, Court says

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Yet another court loss to the opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) following a dismissal by the High Court in Tshwane to force President Cyril Ramaphosa to unseal bank statements relating to the funding of his CR17 ANC presidential campaign.

The EFF had made an application to have the documents which allegedly has a list people who both donated to the CR17 campaign and also received funds from the campaign.

They argued that it was in public interest and justice, for people to know who pledged a hand in the President’s campaign.

The EFF had argued in several media briefings that the President could have possibly accepted the donations from various prominent business people to later on return the favour by giving them business with government.

The matter received broader public interest when Public Protector (PP) Mkhwebane released a report where she found Ramaphosa to have violated the executive ethics code by failing to disclose CR17 donations and added that her probe had uncovered prima facie evidence of money laundering.

But the report later on suffered a blow when the Constitutional Court dismissed the PP’s report.

More to follow on the story.

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