Cyril Ramaphosa Wins at Court Against EFF

The Pretoria High Court ruled on Tuesday that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 bank records will remain sealed.

The Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema wanted the funders of Ramaphosa’s 2017 ANC campaign to be made public.

The application has been dismissed with costs.

The EFF argued that sealing the statements is inconsistent with the rules around openness, and wanted to identify the flow of money between private individuals to the ruling party.

Ramaphosa’s special advisor and member of his CR17 fund-raising campaign Bejani Chauke had previously slammed the EFF’s case as legally untenable and driven by “narrow political ends”.

Chauke further accused the EFF of “blindly” supporting Mkhwebane in her “unjustified pursuit of the president” and said it appeared that the party “has taken it upon itself to pursue that which the Public Protector cannot pursue without embarrassing herself and her office”.