South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is on the spotlight following leaked bank statements that revealed names of donors, as well as recipients from his CR17 fundraising campaign, set up to help him become African National Congress (ANC) leader two years ago.
Two EFF MPs have resigned from Parliament and the political party’s central command team over money they received from ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Tebogo Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi released their resignation letters, which contained similar sections, on Monday evening.
EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu said on Twitter that he accepted the resignations, saying they represented “superior levels of political discipline, i.e. accept objective and subjective wrongdoing and step aside for the sake of the organization”.
Mokwele explained that her resignation followed “a deep and careful introspection about the impact of my association with the President of the ANC and the Republic in which there was an exchange of money for my personal use; a total of R80 000 between 2017 and 2019”.
She said she wanted to save the organisation the time of going through a disciplinary process.
“My actions have already caused the image and reputation of the EFF into disrepute”.
Mokwele said she realised she had had a duty to disclose her association with Ramaphosa to the leadership.
“I did not do so, and it was completely wrong.”
She said she wanted to keep her EFF membership while she took five years for “rehabilitation”.
“I have communicated this desire to the leadership and hope they will accept it in kind.”
Mokgosi also admitted to receiving R80 000 between 2017 and 2019.
“This related to personal situations I had.”
She said she told the EFF leadership about the money after the public release of #CR17 statements.
“Non-disclosure of money, particularly from individuals in the enemy camp is dishonourable and disingenuous… I deeply regret my actions and accept that I cannot be entrusted with any leadership responsibilities.”
Mokgosi also asked to remain a member of the EFF.
President Rampahosa’s office has responded for the first time since the leaks at the weekend.
His spokesperson Khusela Diko said “if someone requested [money] for bereavement” it simply shows that the president is a caring and compassionate human being.
This week the president, who campaigned on a ticket of “clean government”, is expected to face opposition MPs in parliament in a question-and-answer session.
Opposition MPs are already rubbing their hands together with glee in anticipation.