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Former EFF MP: 'I didn't know where the money came from until it was leaked'

20 August 2019 1:32 PM
Cyril Ramaphosa
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EFF member Tebogo Mokwele and Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni respond to leaked CR17 bank statements.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member Tebogo Mokwele says she has resigned from her position as a Member of Parliament in the interests of the organisation.

RELATED: 'CR17 leaks have damaged Ramaphosa's political integrity '

Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi resigned from the party's central command team as well as Parliament on Monday night.

RELATED: Impact of CR17 leaks and the court of public opinion

Another prominent figure caught in CR17 leaked statements drama is Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

Clement Manyathela, on the Xolani Gwala Show, gives Mokwele and Ntshavheni an opportunity to clear their names.

As a loyal and disciplined member of the organisation, I didn't want my organisation to be dragged into the mud under my name. I use this opportunity to make sure that I lead by example. Once the allegations are labelled against you as a prominent leader, you need to show leadership and step aside to allow processes to unfold.

Tebogo Mokwele, Member - EFF

Mokwele and Mokgosi both admitted to each receiving R80,000 from accounts linked to Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign.

Mokwele explains that she was working on a project to collect sanitary towels in 2017, wrote to various organisations for donations and received funds.

Unfortunately, because I was doing charity work, I didn't declare the money at that time as I didn't know that the account that was used belonged to the CR17 campaign. That is my oversight for not disclosing that time.

Tebogo Mokwele, Member - EFF

She allegedly also received CR17 funds for a family funeral.

As for the funeral issue, the leadership of the EFF knew about it, that is why we deliberated on the matter on Sunday and released the statement. We didn't know that the money given by Ramaphosa as a form of condolences was part of the CR17 campaign.

Tebogo Mokwele, Member - EFF

She says this shows that the president had access to the CR17 accounts and lied in Parliament when he said he was not aware of what was happening in his campaign.

I didn't know where the money came from up until it was leaked in those emails.

Tebogo Mokwele, Member - EFF

Minister Ntshavheni says she doesn't know how much the business ,of which she was a director, received from the CR17 campaign.

That money never came in as a lump sum. It came in from the different projects that we were running. What I must clarify is that the money never came into my personal account, it went to a business account which was designated for. Lastly, I never used any money from the campaign for personal things.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister - Small Business Development

Listen below to Mokwele's response:

Listen below to Ntshavheni response:

This article first appeared on 702 : Former EFF MP: 'I didn't know where the money came from until it was leaked'

20 August 2019 1:32 PM
Cyril Ramaphosa
cr17 funds
campaign funds

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