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FROM THE ARCHIVES: 'Cyril would not beat up a woman'

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife Hope Ramaphosa has denied that he ever laid a hand on her during their relationship.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife Hope Ramaphosa has told Eyewitness News that he never laid a hand on her during their relationship.

On Monday night, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said during an interview that African National Congress Women’s League leader Bathabile Dlamini was referring to Ramaphosa, following her claims that some male leaders had behaved worse than deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Manana is facing two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Dlamini has said she is supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the ANC’s leadership contest.

Hope says she couldn’t believe Malema could say these things in public.

“I’m absolutely shocked that someone in his capacity as a leader could do that. My first reaction was shock.”

She says it’s not true to claim that her ex-husband ever assaulted her.

“Cyril would rather negotiate or do things amicably than beat someone up. I was his wife and girlfriend for a very long time, Cyril would not beat up a woman. He is very sensitive to women’s issues.

“I had the opportunity to make him angry many times, but he never lifted a finger to hit or abuse me in any way.”

She says that despite the break-up of their marriage, she still hopes that he becomes the country’s next president.