A group of politicians, campaign managers and strategists earned millions for their roles in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s successful ANC presidential campaign, with some having been on the CR17 payroll for the 12 months leading up to the party’s Nasrec conference.
According to campaign records seen by the Sunday Independent – including emails and financial statements – the beneficiaries of the R1billion campaign funds included ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Enoch Godongwana, Ramaphosa’s adviser Marion Sparg, Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya, former Free State economic development MEC Mxolisi Dukwana, former DA politician Grant Pascoe, Cosatu and the Western Cape ANC, among others.
Siweya, who was until recently an ANC Youth League NEC member, and Ntshavheni, a former ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) member, were the campaign managers in Limpopo.
ANC top brass defended Ramaphosa this week, saying that the leaking of the campaign emails exposed nothing illegal, but was “a calculated manoeuvre to defocus and detract from the immediate task of socio-economic issues and dealing with the challenges of our economy”.
Ntshavheni was paid R5 million through a company called Phore Farms Pty Ltd, of which she was a managing director until recently.