President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office insists he has done nothing wrong following the leaking of emails which appear to show his personal involvement campaign in donations when he was seeking to lead the governing African National Congress (ANC) in 2017.
The exclusive report by News24 suggests that Mr Ramaphosa was indeed consulted by his campaign team on some of the potential donors despite repeated denials that he was not involved in the details of his fundraising efforts.
Last year, Mr Ramaphosa told parliament that he had not received election campaign donations from a controversial local company during his bid to lead the ANC.
It later emerged that was not true. Mr Ramphosa apologised, and said he had been misinformed. Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko says Mr Ramaphosa did nothing illegal and no crime was committed.
“This is just smoke and mirrors. At the core of it, the president has not committed any crime,” she told local media on Monday.
Mr Ramaphosa campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket. He took over from President Jacob Zuma who had a litany of corruption allegations hanging over him, all of which he denies.