Transport minister’s name mentioned in CR17 corruption saga

President Cyril Ramaphosa went to parliament this morning with storm clouds gathering overhead about mounting revelations that his CR17 national ANC conference campaign was propped up by corruption which required the favour-for-a-favour appointments of several ministers serving in his cabinet.

One of those appointments, it was reported on radio this morning, resulted in replacing Blade Nzimande with Fikile Mbalula as transport minister.

In questions sent to Ramaphosa to be answered today, the EFF’s main focus was calling for an explanation of exactly what happened around alleged funding irregularities that supposedly helped him triumph over Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in the party leadership race.

The EFF contends that given reports published in various national newspapers, as well as so-called heavily contested ‘revelations’ unearthed by public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Ramaphosa has some answering to do.

Especially at issue is the allegation that the president lied to parliament when he said he never received donations from shadowy funders during his CR17 leadership race.

Much has emerged in the last few days to lend credence to allegations of inappropriate funding arrangements between Ramaphosa’s camp and certain confidantes.

Adding pressure on the president to come clean, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said this morning it showed how deeply rooted and systemic corruption had become.

The DA furthermore added the names of Mbalula to today’s question session, demanding to know the truth behind rumours that the transport minister and a few others had been appointed to their positions because of funding strings they were said have pulled for Ramaphosa.

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