Impact of CR17 leaks and the court of public opinion

President Cyril Ramaphosa has his hands full as more CR17 campaign revelations emerge.

Over the weekend, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claimed that one of their MPs, Tebogo Mokwele, had also benefited from the CR17 campaign.

The president will submit his reply to oral questions in Parliament on Thursday where the CR17 donations are set to come up.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh speaks to political analysts Mighti Jamie and Tasneem Essop on the impact of the CR17 leaks and what now for President Ramaphosa.

The Cyril Ramaphosa camp is making a case for the court of legal opinion but they are not paying much attention to the court of public opinion. But the people who are attacking Ramaphosa are making a case for both.

Mighti Jamie, Political analyst

And it is not just ethical issues that are taken into account by the public, he says.

In the court of public opinion...it is also about how strong is your popular mandate.

Mighti Jamie, Political analyst

RELATED: CR17 funding revelation 'could cast aspersions' on Ramaphosa's leadership

He says there are questions regarding some of the leaks.

While they might be facing short term hurdles, I don't think they will lose everything in the court process because there are some clear red flags.

Mighti Jamie, Political analyst

Essop says South Africa should not only draw on US examples as a comparison.

RELATED: 'Leaked CR17 campaign emails do not mean Ramaphosa did anything illegal'

I think as South Africans we take on a lot of what we see in the US system politically and want to apply it to South Africa and I think there is a lot of problems with that.

Tasneem Essop, Political analyst

She is concerned about the role social media is playing in the leaks.

There is a political question in all of this and people are trying to defer consistently to law and that is because the law allows you to narrow the scope of the debate.

Tasneem Essop, Political analyst

The Ramaphosa leaks have opened up space for us to have this conversation far beyond its legal framework and deal with it politically.

Tasneem Essop, Political analyst

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