Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has hit back against allegations of adultery, saying that they are deliberate attempts at discrediting his presidential run.
It was reported on the weekend that Ramaphosa had extra-marital affairs with eight women, some of which he is alleged to be supporting financially.
Ramaphosa failed to interdict the platforms on which the news was published after releasing a statement refuting the claims, which circulated on social media on Friday.
Emails which show Ramaphosa had a number of affairs seem to be circulating.
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 has weighed in: “This is an attempt to discredit him.”
Kodwa says 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 says that allegations against Ramaphosa are an attempt to smear a person of high integrity.
“It really is an attempt to smear a person of very high integrity. It’s an act of desperation and they’re clutching at straws. They obviously have nothing else.”