Opinie oor donasies en nabetragting – Daar word baie geskenk vir die land se ondergang, deur bekendes, besighede en maatskappye vir die ANC politieke party. CR17 is spesifiek vir die ANC en hul kaders gedoen. Voorbeeld van skenkings in 2017 en dis maar net ‘n druppel in die emmer vir een – drie-vyf jaar dalk. Daar is geen gelyke politieke en demokratiese speelvelde hiermee nie. Sommiges word sommer oornag miljoenêrs. Is dit hoe demokrasie in SA werk en ook elders in ander lande?
Hoeveel gaan aan nuwe en permanente werksgeleenthede skep of besighede op die been bring? Word al hierdie donasies uitsluitlik vir verkiesings gebruik?
Het enige een van hierdie skenkers al ooitgevind waar gaan hul geld heen en wat word daarmee gemaak? Alles wat geskenk word, gaan beslis nie ten gunste van ontwikkeling en vooruitgang vir die land en sy mense nie, maar vir ‘n spesifieke party, doel en verkiesing vir die wenners. Hulle is reeds met alles in beheer. Hoe kan dit hoegenaamd “demokraties” wees?
Korrupsie en Misdaad
Word al die hoë vlak van misdaad en korrupsie wat gepleeg word ook voor die deure gelê aan die meerderheidstemme? Die antwoord is ja? Wie se skuld is al die armoede dan? Misdaad vind plaas juis as gevolg van onregeerbaarheid – wie beheer die land dus? Die demokratiese regering en diegene wat vir hulle gestem het!!
The word democracy itself means rule by the people.
A democracy is a system where people can change their rulers in a peaceful manner and the government is given the right to rule because the people say it may.
The definition of democracy is a form of government in which the common people hold political power and can rule either directly or through elected representatives.
Democracy is government in which power and civic responsibility are exercised by all adult citizens, directly, or through their freely elected representatives. Democracy rests upon the principles of majority rule and individual rights.
A democratic country has a system of government in which the people have the power to participate in decision-making.
Essential Meaning of democratic. Based on a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting : of or relating to democracy. The dictatorship gave way to a democratic (form of) government. Democratic elections were held there today for the first time.
BUT – just asking, to give money to the top party – is that democracy?
According to campaign records seen by the Sunday Independent – including emails and financial statements – the beneficiaries of the R1 billion campaign funds included ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Enoch Godongwana, Ramaphosa’s adviser Marion Sparg, Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya, former Free State economic development MEC Mxolisi Dukwana, former DA politician Grant Pascoe, Cosatu and the Western Cape ANC, among others.
Sparg, who was the campaign communications strategist, was paid R2.4m, Siweya R2.3m, Pascoe R900 000, Dukwana R600 000, Godongwana R400 000 and former journalist Vukile Pokwana R818 000 in monthly instalments between January 2017 and February last year.
They were paid monthly salaries of between R50 000 and R180 000 each, with Sparg, Dukwana and Pokwana receiving payments after the conference.
The money was paid from the accounts used to raise funds for Ramaphosa’s campaign, including Ria Tenda Trust, Edelstein Feber Grobler (EFG) Incorporated Trust and Linked Environmental Services Pty Ltd. Cosatu, one of the leading campaigners, received R800 000 in two tranches of R500 000 and R300 000, the Western Cape ANC R1m, Mpumalanga Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association R70000 and the Congress of South African Students R20 000.
At least R8.4m was spent on hotel accommodation for ANC delegates at Southern Sun and Protea hotels. Southern Sun was paid R7.5m in two tranches of R4m and R3.5m on October 19 and December 12, 2017 respectively, while Protea Hotel was paid R94000 on November 24. Two entities referred to only as “Maverick State” and “Times Media” were paid R300 000 and R5 200 each on March 11 and June 7, 2017.
These included: former Absa chief executive Maria Ramos, who donated R1m to the Ria Tenda Trust on October 25 last year; Johnny Copelyn, director of eNCA owner Hosken Consolidated Investments, who put in R2m in August last year; and Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke, who transferred R600 000 in two tranches in January and February last year.
These included billionaire businessman Nicky Oppenheimer’s family, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust board member Bobby Godsell, former Imperial Holdings chief executive Mark Lamberti, financial services company Sygnia Ltd board member Andre Crawford-Brunt, Goldman Sachs Southern African chief executive Colin Coleman and Eskom board member Sifiso Dabengwa.
Billionaire businesswoman Magda Wierzycka is the co-founder and CEO of Sygnia.
The Oppenheimers donated R10m in two instalments of R5, Godsell R250000, Dabengwa R1.2m, Lamberti R1m, Coleman R70000 and Pick * Pay owner Raymond Ackerman R1m. Mining and energy company Phembani donated R2m, Grovepoint Limited R1.8m and Aspen Pharmacare R150000. Aspen received state contracts worth R2bn in 2015.
Phembani, founded by former MTN chief executive Phuthuma Nhleko, merged with Ramaphosa’s empowerment investment group Shanduka in 2015 in an apparent bid to resolve the then-deputy president’s business conflict.
The tycoon and the alleged gold smuggler
Nicol’s email then requests Ramaphosa’s permission to approach four individuals to ask for money. This includes Greek shipping tycoon, Tony Georgiades, who has been linked to the arms deal as a lobbyist and fixer, and whose company was a key apartheid era sanctions buster, shipping oil to South Africa at the height of the National Party regime. Georgiades reportedly had the ear of former president Thabo Mbeki and was mentioned in court papers as having been a lobbyist that pushed for some companies to win parts of the ill-fated arms deal.
Also mentioned is Paul Ekon, a millionaire miner with close ties to former ANC party leaders such as Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, who was once accused (but never charged) of smuggling millions of rands of gold out of the country. Ekon has had long-standing ties to the ANC, and is well known for having funded the party in the 1990s.
The final leaked email, dated November 7, 2017, is from Stavros Nicolaou, who has been described as a long-time supporter of the ANC. He is a senior executive at listed pharmaceutical giant Aspen.
A number of Jewish donors have been named in the expose of leaked emails from the Cyril Ramaphosa presidential 2017 (CR17) campaign. The expose, published in News24 during August 2019, demonstrates that the president was possibly closer to his donors than he revealed to parliament.
Among those mentioned were former trade unionist turned businessman Johnny Copelyn; international business leader Sir Mick Davis; Macsteel founder Eric Samson; and Moshal Scholarship Program philanthropist Martin Moshal.
Copelyn told the SA Jewish Report he wasn’t ashamed of the leak. “All campaigns require funding. In a campaign where one candidate is supported by the deeply discredited outgoing president and gang of kleptomaniacs around him, I think it’s absolutely unavoidable for every person who hopes to live in South Africa to have supported Cyril’s candidacy, and to support every effort he makes to clean up the disasters of his predecessor and those around him,” he said.
It was explained that the donation made was to a trust which had aims significantly broader than just supporting the CR17 campaign, and support the commitments it has to re-establishing a lawfully functioning democratic state.
Political analyst Daniel Silke said the donations weren’t illegal, but it was an issue of transparency. Cyril Ramaphosa originally indicated that he wasn’t aware who the donors were. It would have created a possible conflict of interest, as businesses could have been favoured with donations as a conduit to that.
The SA Jewish Report reached out to the other Jewish donors mentioned in the News24 expose. Sir Mick said that he was never approached to donate to the CR17 campaign, and had never donated to it. Samson was unable to comment for health reasons. Moshal couldn’t be reached for comment.
These were the EFG2 trust account, belonging to law firm Edelstein Faber Grobbler, the CR17 campaign account, the Ria Tenda trust account, the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation trust account, and a service provider called Linkd Environmental Services.
Large sums of money were transferred by various benefactors into the EFG2 trust account for the CR17 campaign from where it was disbursed by the attorneys to several beneficiaries, including Ria Tenda trust, Linkd Environmental services and the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, to name but a few.
CCT 62/20 The Public Protector and Other v The President of the Republic of South Africa and Others
The Constitutional Court has just handed down judgment in the CR17 campaign matter. Let’s get reaction from various political parties.