Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa’s credibility and reputation are on the line and could suffer irreparable damage if emails revealing that he had knowledge and interaction with donors of his CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency prove to be true, political analysts say.
Although the Presidency on Monday attempted to play down the allegations, in emails published at the weekend by News24, that Ramaphosa had been aware of some of the donations and fundraising despite having previously denied that he had been involved in the running of his campaign.
Last month Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane opened a Pandora’s Box when she released a report which found that Ramaphosa had deliberately “misled” Parliament over R500 000 donation from Bosasa.
At the time Ramaphosa said that the money was part of his son Andile’s contract with Bosasa for business conducted with the controversial company, a statement he later reneged on telling then Speaker Baleka Mbete that the donation had in fact been towards his ANC presidential campaign.
Political analyst Professor Bheki Mngomezulu, from the University of the Western Cape, said that should the leaked emails prove true it would mean that he loses points in his battle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.