According to campaign records seen by the Sunday Independent, including emails and financial statements, the beneficiaries of the R1billion 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.
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.
After the conference, the rest of the money totalling millions was transferred into the accounts of various property companies and trusts including Tshivhase Trust, Royal Property, Levi Properties, Ayt Properties and Dart Properties last year.
The records further show that the campaign received post-Nasrec conference donations worth R14m from various business people, trusts and organisations between January and October last year.
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.
Maria Ramos has since been appointed to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) board by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.
Other donations made pre-conference reportedly include large sums from billionaire 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.
Sunday Independent could not obtain comment from a number of people, including Ntshavheni, Siweya, Ramos, Dabengwa and Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko, among other implicated persons.
However, seemingly pre-empting the Sunday Independent's expose,Presidency released statement last night, noting the that the leaking of confidential banking information of funders is a breach of privacy.