Cosatu: We won’t police Ramaphosa’s bedroom activities

Cosatu says their support for Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next leader of the African National Congress is not shaken.

FILE: ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has described Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged extra marital affairs as “a non-scandal,” saying the federation refuses to be the moral police who monitor people’s personal bedroom activities.

The Sunday Independent newspaper claims it’s in possession of leaked emails showing how the Deputy President cheated on his wife with at least eight women.

But Ramaphosa has admitted to only being unfaithful once - eight years ago.

The federation’s Sizwe Pamla says their support for the Deputy President to become the next leader of the African National Congress is not shaken.

“We’re very much clear that this is a non-scandal. When we took the decision to support him, we never even asked him whether he was married ... we didn’t care whether he was in an open relationship.”

He says they won’t police Ramaphosa’s bedroom activities.

“We refuse to be moral police because previously we have supported and avowed polygamists.”

Pamla says Ramaphosa’s admission to cheating on his wife once should be left to the Deputy President’s family to sort out.

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'BID TO DISCREDIT HIM'

On Monday, the African National Congress (ANC) said the allegations brought against Ramaphosa are a deliberate attempt to discredit him.

Ramaphosa failed to interdict the paper on Saturday night after releasing a statement refuting the claims, which circulated on social media on Friday.

The deputy president has described this as a dirty war.

“This latest episode extends far beyond an attempt at a political smear. It represents an escalation of a dirty war against those who are working to restore the values, principles and integrity of the African National Congress and society.”

The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa also weighed in: “This is an attempt to discredit him.”

Kodwa said he won’t speculate about whether the alleged smear campaign was arranged by an ANC member.

At the same time, the ANC’s Derek Hanekom said allegations against Ramaphosa are an attempt to smear a person of high integrity.

“It’s an act of desperation and they’re clutching at straws. They obviously have nothing else.”

The Deputy President said he was warned a few months ago of a smear campaign against him by officials who refused to be part of it.

He said the alleged smear campaign against him is being driven through the use of state resources.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)