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Two EFF MPs resign over CR17 campaign money

Two EFF MPs have been recruited from parliament and the political party's central command team over the money they received from ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Tebogo Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi released their resignation letters, which contained similar sections, on Monday evening.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu said on Twitter that he accepted the resignations, saying they represented "superior levels of political discipline, i.e., objective and subjective acceptance of wrongdoing and a step aside for the benefit of the organization".

Mokwele explained that her resignation followed "a deep and careful introspection about the impact of my association with the President of the ANC and the Republic in which there was an exchange of money for my personal use; a total of R80 000 between 2017 and 2019" .

She said she wanted to save the organization time by going through a disciplinary process.

"My actions have already discredited the image and reputation of the EFF."

Mokwele said she realized she had a duty to disclose her association with Ramaphosa to the leadership.

"I didn't do that, and it was completely wrong."

She said she wanted to maintain her EFF membership while she took five years for "rehabilitation".

"I have communicated this desire to leadership and hope they will accept it in kind."

Mokgosi also admitted to receiving R80 000 between 2017 and 2019.

"This related to the personal situations I had."

She said she told EFF leadership about the money after the public release of # CR17 statements.

"Non-disclosure of money, particularly from individuals in the enemy camp, is dishonest and disingenuous … I deeply regret my actions and accept that I cannot be entrusted with any leadership responsibilities."

Mokgosi also asked to remain a member of the EFF.

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On Sunday, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Mokwele indicated that she received R40 000 for a personal problem, a bereavement that Ramaphosa was assisting with.

The CR17 campaign was behind Cyril Ramaphosa's bid to become president of the ANC.

The EFF called on other fighters to come out clean and confused if they had received any money from the campaign.

Ramaphosa has been under fire since it emerged that Gavin Watson, the former head of tainted services firm Bosasa (now known as African Global Operations), donated R500 000 to his campaign.

These and other transactions were probed by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office, which found Ramaphosa had misled Parliament when asked about the donation earlier this year.

She also raised questions about possible money laundering, News24 reported earlier.

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