NW lobbying group denies #CR17 payment
09:03 Wed, 21 Aug 2019
NW lobbying group denies #CR17 payment    | News Article
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Siyasanga Mbambani/GCIS
A group known for lobbying for the removal of former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo denied receiving a payment from the CR17 campaign as a thank you.

The leaked, alleged CR17 bank statements continue to paint a picture of how widespread alleged payments were to different organisations and individuals across Central South Africa. This as the leaked bank statement shows that the organisation called the Revolutionary Council (RC) in the North West, which was outspoken against the former premier, Supra Mahumapelo, got paid R30 000 by the CR17 campaign. OFM News previously reported that former MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana, was paid R600 000 and the former Northern Cape Premier made a donation of R50 000 to the CR17 campaign.

The appearance of the RC in these leaks has since sparked questions as to whether the money was a thank you gesture from the CR17 campaign after they called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire the embattled Mahumapelo. Meanwhile, the former leader of the RC, Themba Gwabeni, has denied the claims and says he can assure anyone that no-one from the RC received such an amount of money from CR17.

Gwabeni, however, says he wants to put it on record that the council did support Ramaphosa and wanted him to become the president because they sought for change in the country. He adds the call for Mahumapelo to vacate office or to be fired was not personal as he still considers him a brother after knowing him for many years. The call by the RC was followed by a wave of protests that led to the axing of Mahumapelo. The disbarment of the provincial executive committee (PEC) and the Regional Executive Council (REC) in the province followed. OFM News previously reported that Mahumapelo said that as time goes by he wanted to expose and name those who called for his marching orders. He alleged that people were paid to protest against him. He also claimed those who were paid were starting to approach him to confess about how they were paid to demonstrate against him.

Gwabeni says they are still waiting for the wheels of justice to prevail over corruption and fraud charges against the former Premier. He says since opening cases against Mahumapelo a while ago, no justice has been delivered and he is yet to answer to allegations of the alleged wrongdoings. 

OFM News

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