The Presidency said they believe that the confidential banking information of the contributors to the CR17 presidential campaign was illegally obtained by the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
"The selective circulation of this banking information is clearly intended to cast aspersions on the President, and follows the recent report of the Public Protector, in which there was a substantial focus on the funding of the CR17 campaign," presidency spokesperson said in a statement.
She said the information leaked to the media, supposedly held only by the Office of the Public Protector, includes bank statements of third parties, which record private transactions and which are strictly confidential.
"The Presidency notes with grave concern what amounts to a violation of the constitutionally enshrined right to privacy.This is all the more troubling as it seems clear that this information had been, from the first instance,obtained in an illegal manner"
However the president's lawyer Peter Harris has since wrote to Deputy Judge President that the record of the donors be sealed and not made public. He also argued that the information may have been obtained illegally.
The President assures the South African public that CR17 was run as a clean campaign.