The mayor, himself accused of corruption, believes the current presidency is going through a ‘looting period’.
Ekhurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina took to Twitter on Saturday night to express the view that the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa is a “looting period” and a disgrace to the legacy of struggle icon Oliver Tambo.
He says reading the “bank statements” which have leaked from Ramaphosa’s successful CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency has led him to this conclusion.
Masina wants the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to step in over what he claims is “money laundering and tax avoidance” surrounding the campaign.
Having read the Bank Statements legally or illegally I can onlu come one conclusion “Atshile amaqabame kaTambo” during this looting period. Now the big question is where is SARS and NPA for money money laundering and tax avoidance.
— Mzwandile Masina (@mzwandileMasina) August 17, 2019
Masina, a loyalist to former President Jacob Zuma who was one of those who attended the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture in support of the former president when he gave testimony in July, has made his antipathy towards Ramaphosa clear.
It was reported on News24 that Masina vowed to resign as the regional chairperson and mayor of Ekurhuleni should the majority of branches in his region nominate Ramaphosa instead of his preferred presidential candidate, former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
He later denied having said this, saying that while he does not support Ramaphosa he would “serve the ANC” in the event of a Ramaphosa victory, which he then did after this came to pass.
Masina has been accused of involvement in corruption, with three police officials who were arrested in June for alleged extortion saying they were in possession of a dossier containing evidence of alleged corruption and malfeasance committed by the Ekhurhuleni mayor.
He has also been implicated in a R1.9 billion chemical toilets tender scandal.
Leaked emails from the CR17 campaign were first mentioned by News24 in a story which included names of potential donors, appeared to show the involvement of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan in the campaign, and seemed to show that Ramaphosa’s claim that he was not involved in the running of the campaign or aware of its donors was at least partially untrue.
Then, in a Sunday Independent article titled “How the CR17 campaign funds were channeled”, it was reported that the publication had seen the campaign’s bank records, as well as emails and financial statements which identified the beneficiaries of the “R1 billion” campaign fund, who according to the story were “politicians, campaign managers, and strategists” who “earned millions for their roles in Ramaphosa’s” successful CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency.
The report alleged that some of Ramaphosa’s main funders were numerous wealthy businesspeople, including mining magnate Nicky Oppenheimer, who reportedly gave R10 million; Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman, who gave R1 million; and eNCA founder, director and owner of Hosken Consolidated Investments Johnny Copelyn, who donated an alleged R2 million on behalf of the news channel. Former Absa CEO Maria Ramos was another alleged donor.
The article was co-written by a trio that included Piet Rampedi and Mzilikazi wa Afrika – two of the journalists behind now-discredited Sunday Times reports on the so-called Sars “rogue unit”. They both parted ways with the Sunday Times after these reports were retracted and apologised for when the media ombudsman found them to be “inaccurate, misleading, and unfair”.
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