South Africa: #CR17 Email Leaks - Separating the Myths From the Facts (II)

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The fallout from the disclosure of records related to President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2017 campaign to win the ANC presidency continues. Following leaked emails between Ramaphosa and campaign organisers, what looks like the leaked bank records of the Ramaphosa campaign account have also been doing the rounds. And, in a twist few would have predicted, the first two scalps claimed by this messy saga have belonged to EFF MPs.

A fortnight ago we published a fact-check on the claims in the public domain relating to President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign for the ANC presidency in 2017. At that stage, what had set the cat among the pigeons was the publication by News24 of leaked emails between #CR17 campaign insiders dealing with fundraising initiatives.

Although many of the claims being circulated at the time were based on a misunderstanding of the laws relating to campaign finance, we noted that the emails appeared to contradict the assertion made by Ramaphosa and his team to the public protector that Ramaphosa "was unaware of the identity of donors to the CR17 campaign".

There was evidence within the emails to suggest that, on at least one occasion, Ramaphosa had been made aware by his team of the...

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