Leaked CR17 emails reveal campaign donors

President Cyril Ramaphosa has a lot of explaining to do regarding the list of alleged donors who contributed toward the CR17 campaign, after emails were leaked to the press.

News24 revealed on the weekend that they are in possession of several emails which reflect the names of some of his potential donors.

The emails which come from inside the Ramaphosa campaign could have been illegally intercepted, but could serve as proof that the president was aware of who his donors were.


In the emails Ramaphosa’s personal assistant asked if she could approach a list of people regarding fundraising.  This brings into question the claim he made that he had been kept at arms length during the campaign.

There is also a note, written by Ramaphosa which requests his banker to transfer R20-million from what appears to be Ramaphosa’s own Money Market account to an account in the name of Ria Tenda Trust. This trust account is a foundation owned by Ramaphosa and linked to Environmental Services.

Call to explain

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)  have called for Ramaphosa to explain how he could claim to not have known the identities of those who helped fund his 2017 presidential campaign.

The EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu accused the president in a Twitter post of misleading the country.

DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi said the president needs to show leadership by taking ownership of errors made by his campaign.

Public Protector

The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane did not reveal how she obtained the emails, but referred to them in her report regarding the R500 000 Bosasa donation to the CR17 campaign where she suspected there had been money laundering between the president and Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

Mkhwebane said that Ramaphosa had mislead Parliament about the source of the donation and referred the alleged money laundering to the National Prosecuting Authority using the emails as her reference.

The emails also reveal that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was very much involved in the fund raising campaign.

Alleged Donors

The emails give mention to several people regarding donations where the president was either asked permission to contact them or he was asked to do so himslef:

  • David Nogbeni, former Ramaphosa-owned Shanduka CEO and Kojo Mills, co-founder of Shanduka.  Now based in the US.
  • Macsteel founder, Eric Samson.
  • Tony Georgiades, the Greek shipping tycoon whose company shipped oil to South Africa during the reign of the National Party.
  • Millionaire miner, Paul Ekon who was once accused of smuggling millions of rands worth of gold out of SA and who had close ties to former ANC party leaders Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.