JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says he wasn't entitled to donations made to his ANC presidential campaign and, therefore, couldn't declare them as his own in Parliament.
That's part of his argument in his review application of the Public Protector's Bosasa report which has been interdicted in the High Court.
The President insists everything for the CR17 campaign was above board, but business organisations say the damage has been done.
Ramaphosa says he didn't personally organise and solicit donations for the CR17 campaign.
That job was left to Bejani Chauke, who oversaw operations and met with ANC, Cosatu and SACP leaders.
Marion Spargs organised the CR17 lectures, ANC events and public engagements for Ramaphosa.
A full team led by founding NUM president James Motlatsi was tasked with raising funds.
But Motlatsi has said those who donated were told not to expect anything in return.
Business Unity SA believes the divisions within the ANC and the court battle between Ramaphosa and Mkhwebane are sending the wrong signals.
“There's all sorts of signs that business confidence is actually being negatively impacted upon by what is currently happening. The message we as BUSA have is Mr. President and the governing party, we are ready to do what we can, provided you rise above the political noise,” said Business Unity SA's interim CEO, Cas Coovadia.
The SACP has called for all ANC presidential candidates to declare their donors.
The ANC is expected to discuss campaign financing at the next meeting of its NEC.