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Ramaphosa's ex-wife: Abuse claims seek to prevent him from becoming president

The ex-wife of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Hope Ramaphosa says she can't believe what people are prepared to say simply for political reasons.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The ex-wife of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Hope Ramaphosa, says the only reason people are claiming that he assaulted her during their marriage is because they want to throw dirt on him to prevent him from becoming president.

Hope's also strongly denied that he ever attacked her.

Earlier this week, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said African National Congress Women’s League leader Bathabile Dlamini was referring to Ramaphosa when she claimed some people had behaved worse than Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana.

Hope says she can't believe what people are prepared to say simply for political reasons.

“I’m really, really amazed at what people can do to mess up someone else’s reputation who can be a very good leader for the country.”

And she is backing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next president of the country.

“Cyril is kind, generous and it’s just that he does not brag about the things that he does for women, for the community, for children. He does not go around blasting a trumpet about the things that he does.”

Hope also says the people making these claims about her and her ex-husband simply don't know her at all.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)