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Ramaphosa: Those who call Madiba a sell-out are shameful

The deputy president has lashed out at those who’ve criticised Mandela's legacy by calling him a sell-out.

FILE. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has lashed out at those who have criticised Nelson Mandela's legacy by calling him a sell-out.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s thirtieth anniversary celebrations on Saturday, where delegates also marked the second anniversary of Mandela's passing.

Madiba passed away in his Houghton home in Johannesburg.

He was 95 years old.

Last week while on a United Kingdom tour, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema accused Mandela of turning his back on the ideals of the Freedom Charter once he was released from prison.

WATCH: Malema: I am not a subject of the Mandela family

But Ramaphosa says Madiba was willing to serve his complete sentence in prison despite being offered his freedom on numerous occasions in exchange for abandoning the anti-apartheid movement.

He says those who call Madiba a sell-out are shameful.

"Shame on you! Shame on you for insulting Nelson Mandela. Shame on you for insulting the organisation that Mandela led. Mandela was not a sell-out. He is a hero of our revolution."

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