Social media was abuzz on Monday with users coming out in strong support of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, with many saying that having extramarital affairs was not a political scandal, like in the US.
This is not America, an affair is not a political scandal! If one survives rape and impregnating a Cde's daughter while married!#Ramaphosa— BrainSurgeon Cupcake (@Cmfundisi) September 3, 2017
It comes after the presidential hopeful was threatened with a "sex scandal" that were seemingly aimed at derailing his political ambitions.
"I think we are going to see more of this. We saw it happening in 2007, [people] were utilised to target certain leaders within the [ANC] and we are seeing a repeat," Ramaphosa said.
"I will take full responsibility [but] I will not be deterred." Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa did what most South African politicians seldomly do -- he manned up and promised to bounce back.
"Claims have been made against me. I am able to say that this is not going to deter me. Where I have made mistakes, I will take full responsibility [but] I will not be deterred."
— Sunday Independent (@SundayIndy) September 3, 2017
South Africans on social media have been in crossroads with the Ramaphosa email leaks and have already sparked the debate on whether he will be an appropriate president for the country. Some, however, have defended him and claim the "smear campaign" against are just political tactics to tarnish his reputation.
#Ramaphosa The last time a deputy president was victimised using state resources, with a rape case and 783 charges, he became President.— Shevolution (@BuhleTonise) September 3, 2017
#Ramaphosa unless Cyril is keeping these women with our money, the only person to be bothered by this should be his wife. NO ONE ELSE!!— vumile yoliswa (@vumiley) September 3, 2017
So this is the worst they found on #Ramaphosa? Very similar to the pseudo moralizing over Peter Bruce by same camp. To use a Trumpism: SAD— Verashni Pillay (@verashni) September 3, 2017
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The ANC really is eating itself. #cyrilramaphosa— Chris Vick (@chrisvick3) September 2, 2017