Opinion: Ramaphosa using his third trick to block the CR17 Report

Well, first trick by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his lawyers was that they went in with a petition of blocking the CR17 Campaign Report made by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. His second trick was to review the Public Protector through the ANC Study Group and see if they could remove her directly. Now, today, they have start using the third trick to silence the report in question. 

The third trick:

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accused the financial intelligence unit of unlawfully leaking bank account statements linked to his 2017 ANC election campaign that are at the centre of his legal dispute with public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane” (Karyn Maughan – ‘Cyril Ramaphosa takes aim at ‘unlawful’ financial intelligence unit leak’ 29.08.2019, Business Day).

Clearly, if there isn’t evidence of something shady. The actions made by the President and legal team in this manner over the last month. Really shows there are some skeletons in the CR17 Report. Whatever that might be, he wants it hidden. Surely, the President has some friends and some captives there. That he only wants to know and his closest associates.

If the President thinks all of these actions are wise. It is not. This only adds to more speculations, as the Republic is not yet done with the State of Capture Report nor the handling of scandals surrounding his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa isn’t looking smart this third move, neither was it block the report in the first place. Then questioning the one writing the report and collecting it. Because, it is circling in the details there. Which isn’t leaked nor the evidence that could hurt the Presidency. But we can assess by the matters already released, that it will be bad. Very, very bad …

Very, very bad for the President. Since, him and his associates does this. The ANC and the President isn’t looking like they started a fresh with his presidency, but instead continues the same sort of closed chambers transactions and tenders, which created the state capture in the first place. But that’s not shocking, as so many of people in and around the President worked with Zuma. There haven’t been many who has lost their titles nor been demoted. Only the head and his VP got upgraded.

Ramaphosa should think about that, but instead want to bury a public record, a public report, made by the state for the public and for the authorities to further investigate. Clearly, that isn’t important to him. If it was, he wouldn’t use tricks up his sleeve to silence it. Peace.

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