‘Keep silent on your pri­vate life’

ANC ad­vises Cyril on ‘ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs’

Sowetan - - News - By Ba­balo Ndenze

Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has been ad­vised by se­nior ANC mem­bers and party struc­tures to no longer speak pub­licly about his pri­vate life and al­leged ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs.

Ramaphosa re­vealed this dur­ing a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces (NCOP) yes­ter­day. He said the de­ci­sion to close the mat­ter came af­ter he had con­sulted se­nior ANC lead­ers as well as pro­vin­cial and re­gional struc­tures.

Ramaphosa con­sulted fol­low­ing his un­der­tak­ing in the Na­tional Assem­bly last week that he would deal with the mat­ter “in a day or two”.

“Hav­ing said that, I was then coun­selled by a num­ber of lead­ers in our move­ment, in­clud­ing struc­tures at pro­vin­cial level and at re­gional level.

“They said to me‚ ‘deputy pres­i­dent‚ you ad­dressed this mat­ter in the West Rand and you said you take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your ac­tions’.

“And they said you’ve even dis­cussed it with your fam­ily and your wife.

“They said as far as they are con­cerned that mat­ter should rest there and we do not be­lieve you should take it any fur­ther‚” said Ramaphosa.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters MP Te­bogo Mok­wele on whether his al­leged ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fairs would not com­pro­mise his lead­er­ship of the SA Na­tional Aids Coun­cil (Sanac).

Ramaphosa also re­vealed that there were some MPs in the Na­tional Assem­bly who last week dis­suaded him from dis­cussing the mat­ter in par­lia­ment.

“So [this is] ba­si­cally the type of re­sponse I have re­ceived‚ hav­ing said that I take re­spon­si­bil­ity and had dis­cussed this with my fam­ily‚ with my wife.

“Hav­ing done that I’ve also had to lis­ten to my own or­gan­i­sa­tion‚ the struc­tures within my own or­gan­i­sa­tion‚ and what I have gained clearly is that this mat­ter is a pri­vate mat­ter,” said Ramaphosa.

He said in re­la­tion to the work he is do­ing for Sanac‚ he did not see any con­tro­versy.

NCOP chair­woman Thandi Modise tried to shield Ramaphosa from the ques­tion, say­ing the rel­e­vant sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion on Sanac was about cor­rup­tion and not his per­sonal life.

But Ramaphosa said he was more than happy to an­swer Mok­wele.

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