Cosatu: Ramaphosa’s alleged affairs a non-scandal

Cosatu says no one is qualified to be moral police and peek into bedrooms of public representatives, such as deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says no one is qualified to be moral police and peek into bedrooms of public representatives, such as deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

The federation was reacting to the Sunday Independent newspaper’s report and claims that it’s in possession of leaked emails showing how the deputy president cheated on his wife with at least eight women.

Ramaphosa has since admitted to only being unfaithful once, eight years ago.

Cosatu is describing Ramaphosa’s alleged extra-marital affairs as “a non-scandal”.

Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says while the federation agrees that the conduct of those who hold public positions should always be exemplary, people must not impose their principles on the deputy president.

“We don’t believe that any of us are qualified to be moral police. We’ve no reason to peek into the bedrooms of our public representatives.”

The federation says that it’s up to the deputy president to pacify those who believe in the concept of repressive morality and prescribe to the principle of self-restraint if he deems it necessary.

Meanwhile, one of the women who’s been named as having had an affair with Ramaphosa has described the last few days as a nightmare.

Nonhlanhla Radebe's name appeared alongside seven other women in questions sent to the deputy president by the Sunday Independent newspaper last week.

The subsequent report in the paper alleged that the presidential hopeful used his wealth to prey on several women.

Radebe says while she is an African National Congress (ANC) member, she has never met Ramaphosa.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)