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EFF vows to unseal CR17 statements

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, promises to lodge a direct appeal with the Constitutional Court to unseal the CR17 bank statements. 

This is after the party lost an application for the donors of people who made financial contributions to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign to become ANC president in December 2017.

The EFF approached the court to seek the disclosure of the statements in an application linked to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s invalidated report on the CR17 campaign finances.

Malema said the court has given no reasonable explanation as to why the president’s ascendency to power is not in the public interest. 

“What type of a judge can say don’t unseal these documents even when there are allegations that there are names of judges in those documents,” asked Malema.

He says everybody who donated money into CR17 received a tender of no less than 300 million. 

“We must speak against the decision to refuse to unseal the CR17 documents by the North Gauteng High Court as an exhibition as a possible capture of the judiciary” said Malema.

Malema also said the EFF did not endorse violent  protests that took place two weeks ago in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“But we want to emphasise that we are on the side of the people who were engaged in looting and fighting to provide food for their children, we have an obligation at all times to be on the side of the weak, and those accused of looting are the weak and we will always be on their side” he said. 

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