South Africa: Legal View - the CR17 Campaign and the President's Right to Privacy

The scene of the crash where Gavin Watson died.

The jury is out on whether the disclosure of the sources of funding for President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign was in the public interest, or indeed has any legal relevance.

'I have discouraged my children from conducting business with government or with any state-owned entity. I have told them that if I become aware of any illegality of corruption in their business activities, I will be the first to report them to the authorities.'

- President Ramaphosa in Parliament in November 2018, answering a question from the Leader of the Opposition.

The High Court recently granted President Cyril Ramaphosa an interim interdict to stay the public protector's proposed remedial action stemming from her investigation into a donation to his presidential campaign by Gavin Watson of Bosasa.

The evidence relied on by the public protector in her investigation of the President will remain sealed for the moment meaning public access is prohibited.

Certain prominent persons were among the donors who contributed an extraordinary, but disputed, amount of "billions of rand" towards his "CR17 campaign" ahead of the ANC's national elective conference held in 2017.

From her investigations into allegations of an improper relationship between the President and Bosasa, now African Global...

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