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Ramaphosa leaked audio ‘not an attempt to shield corruption’

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Ramaphosa’s leaked audio ‘is not an attempt to protect corruption’ – Besani

Instead, his bureau chief, Sbongile Besani, said Ramaphosa was trying to explain that he would not divert attention from scrutiny of his own campaign for ANC leadership in 2017, already questioning the funding behind other leaders’ campaigns.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on September 12, 2021. Image: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office leaked an audio of him saying he would rather fall on his sword over CR17 donations than hear that public money was used to fund the party’s internal leadership campaigns and was not a attempt to protect corruption.

Instead, his bureau chief, Sbongile Besani, said Ramaphosa was trying to explain that he would not divert attention from scrutiny of his own campaign for ANC leadership in 2017, already questioning the funding behind other leaders’ campaigns.

A local blog posted the leaked audio following a meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee over the weekend: leaks of audio clips from closed sessions have reached the public domain since it began holding meetings via virtual platforms due to COVID-19.

Besani said that while the CR17 campaign was being discussed during the meeting, a number of questions about other campaigns were posed to the ANC president.

“There are all kinds of things in this space about the use of state resources for campaigns and so on, but I would not use those kinds of motivations to hide responsibility for CR17 funds,” Besani said.

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