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CAPE TOWN - Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has back­tracked on his ear­lier de­ci­sion to come clean on his al­leged ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs af­ter he re­ceived ad­vice from ANC lead­ers and party struc­tures.

Ramaphosa’s de­ci­sion in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day came af­ter the ANC in the North­ern Cape urged him not to dis­close de­tails of his pri­vate life to the pub­lic. COSATU took a sim­i­lar stance a few weeks ago that his pri­vate life did not mean he did not qual­ify to lead the ANC in De­cem­ber.

Ramaphosa raised the is­sue in the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces af­ter the EFF asked how it would af­fect his lead­er­ship.

When ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly last week, Ramaphosa said he was go­ing to come clean on the mat­ter. But on Wed­nes­day, he said he was no longer go­ing to do so.

“I did say in the Na­tional Assem­bly I will be deal­ing with this mat­ter in a day or two. I was coun­selled by lead­ers in the move­ment and struc­tures in the lower level on the West Rand who said ‘you take re­spon­si­bil­ity and you have dis­cussed it with your wife and fam­ily’, they said you should not take it fur­ther.”

Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

U-TURN: Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

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