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ramaphosaNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu said on Monday that it remained fully behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in his quest to become the ANC's next president.  It dismissed Ramaphosa’s alleged extramarital affairs as “silly” and as “a matter between him and his family”.  

In a statement, spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said its decision to endorse Ramaphosa was never based on Ramaphosa's strict moral attitude or puritanical qualities.  "We are supporting him guided by the fight against corruption, ANC unity and defending and preserving the anti- Imperialistic character of the ANC," Pamla said, adding that the allegations were a “non-scandal”.  In a Sunday report, Sunday Independent linked Ramaphosa to at least eight extra marital affairs.  Ramaphosa has denied the claims, but admitted to one affair which he said ended eight years ago.

  • Read this report by Mahlatse Gallens in full at News24
  • Read Cosatu’s press statement at Cosatu Today
  • See too, We’re not electing a pope, say Cosatu and ANC chief whip on Ramaphosa affair, at BusinessLive
  • And also, 'The damage has already been done' says Vavi on Ramaphosa, at eNCA

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