Ramaphosa to respond over leaked emails implying multiple affairs


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa greets security personnel at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa, May 5, 2017.

JOHANNESBURG - The Office of the Deputy President, in a media release, said it had noted social media messages in the form of media enquiries allegedly emanating from a Sunday newspaper that cast aspersions on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s personal life.

On Friday evening, social media lit up with claims that Sunday Independent editor Steven Motale had obtained numerous emails from private email accounts belonging to Ramaphosa, and had requested a reply from his office. The content of the mails linked the deputy president to potential affairs with eight different women.

There is still doubt as to whether Motale in fact made the request.



The statement from Ramaphosa's office noted, "There is no doubt that these messages have been circulated as part of a deliberate campaign to smear the person of the Deputy President.

"They are a transparent attempt to distort personal email correspondence that could only have been obtained through criminal means."

“The deputy president will in due course release a detailed statement on the allegations contained in the messages.”



Reaction on social media has been varied, some users stating that this is the beginning of a dirty tricks campaign targeting Ramaphosa, while others note that the statement from Ramaphosa's office does not dispute the veracity of the e-mail correspondence.