The Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has denied allegations that she used the CR17 campaign funds raised for the African National Congress presidency.
Ntshavheni is adamant that the CR17 reports on her are based on malice and are devoid of any truth. She said that the claims were lies.
“Why am I being targeted? I am not the only one who received money from the campaign and I have declared that I worked for the campaign and the campaign must be funded. Why is the focus on Khumbudzo Ntshavheni only? Why is the focus not on all other people?”
She added that it is common knowledge that people like her and other co-ordinators meet with branch party members who need funding for things such as air time, petrol and food.
“People now are not invited by paper. They are invited by WhatsApp and follow-up phone calls and they’ve got to have airtime and data to be able to do that so that was what the money was spent on. Secondly, our branches of the ANC are ward-based and our wards are very vast you can find that in one ward there are three or four villages in the case of Limpopo. People then had to be moved from one village to the venue of the meeting and somebody had to pay for petrol.”
Ntshavheni denied claims that she used funds raised for the campaign for personal gain by building a mansion in Thohoyandou.
The outcomes of the CR17 presidential campaign account will have people involved being forced to explain themselves.