Khuselo Diko: President 'categorically' did not lie to Parliament or public

Leaked CR17 funders, how the campaign funds were channeled and claims of appointments made

In response roles in CR17 campaign broke in the media over the weekend.

The EFF took to social media slamming the campaign and the president for its actions.

On Saturday the presidency released a statement saying: “The information, supposedly held only by the Public Protector, includes bank statements of third parties, which record private transactions and which are strictly confidential. This amounts to a violation of the constitutionally enshrined right to privacy. Neither the President nor the campaign has done anything wrong, ethically or legally.”

Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khuselo Diko talks to Kieno Kammies about the CR17 campaign donor information.

She says the president was asked in Parliament about the R500,000 Bosasa donation to his campaign fund.

The president is on record saying he did not know about that donation and we still stand by that. He was only informed after he had answered questions in Parliament that in fact, it was not a payment to Andile Ramaphosa but rather the CR17 campaign.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa - The Presidency

She adds that the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane then decided to expand her scope into the rest of the CR17 campaign, an issue being taken up in the judicial review of her report.

What South Africans are concerned about is did the president lie to them? Did the president lie to Parliament? We want to categorically reject any such assertion.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa - The Presidency

She says the campaign continues to say it kept Rampahosa out of the day-to-day running of the funding by and large.

Yes, we have conceded there were incidents that were exceptions rather than the rule where he would have been asked to assist or intervene with one donor or another. But even had he know, there is nothing illegal or criminal about it.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa - The Presidency

She says the CR17 campaign managers had decided to "hold him to a higher standard" and keep him out of it so that he would not feel indebted to anyone.

Diko says once Ramaphosa heard that Gavin Watson had donated money to his campaign, he asked for it to be returned.

Why would the president have wanted the information to be kept confidential? Diko says firstly, these are third party bank statements being leaked.

Secondly, it also breaks a campaign commitment to certain donors that their information would be kept confidential.

Thirdly, it is believed the information was obtained by the Public protector in an illegal manner.

The president has nothing to hide.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa - The Presidency

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