ANC member drags Ramaphosa, CR17 to court over ‘R1bn’ in donations

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By: The Sunday World

Bad blood continues to boil in the ruling party, with yet another court challenge reportedly being brought against the 2017 December conference of the ANC.

Sunday World reports that a Western Cape ANC member has filed a court challenge against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his CR17 campaign team in a bid to have the 2017 ANC leadership elective conference at Nasrec declared invalid.

Similar challenges have been brought in the past against the conference’s outcomes, without success.

Now, Lubabalo Sanqela from Gugulethu has reportedly argued in court papers that Ramaphosa’s campaign team allegedly violated the ANC’s constitution by collecting an alleged R1 billion from donors and using that money to improperly influence the outcomes of the conference, including the most important one that saw Ramaphosa ascend to the presidency instead of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Reports about the amount of R1 billion are heavily contested by Ramaphosa, his lawyers and supporters, while the figure is often quoted by his detractors.

Sanqela claimed there were “irregularities, vote buying and the creation of nonexistent branches” at and prior to the Nasrec conference.

He referenced an alleged confession from a Free State ANC branch member about the creation of fake branches in that province. Deputy president in the ANC David Mabuza has in the past also been accused of overseeing similar practices in Mpumalanga.