[LISTEN] Cyril’s ex shoots down assault claims

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ex-wife coming forward to deny assault claims means his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign is "in it to win it", political analyst Karima Brown says.

Bathabile Dlamini last week said that there were ANC members worse than Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana, who is accused of abusing a woman at a Fourways nightclub.

EFF leader Julius Malema, in an interview, said Dlamini was referring to Ramaphosa.

Ex-wife Hope Ramaphosa has since come to his defence, saying he isn't a violent person.

Cyril is not a violent person, he would rather negotiate and settle amicably than beat anyone up. He is very sensitive to women's issues and is gentle and kind...

Hope Ramaphosa

Political analyst Karima Brown says bringing in his extended family shows that Ramaphosa is serious.

This gives me the indication that the Ramaphosa campaign to become president of the ANC is agile, very much alive and is responsive to some of the challenges that they knew would come their way.

Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host

“The ANC presidential race is often referred to as blood sport and many people were wondering whether the deputy president has the grit and in fact the stamina to participate in this campaign.”

Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host

Brown says ANC presidential campaigns are often messy and filled with innuendos.

They responded to this so quickly after efforts to draw the deputy president into allegations, implicit or explicit, around his track record in terms of violence against women.

Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host

For more from Hope Ramaphosa and Brown, listen here...


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Fikile Mbalula: If I was Mduduzi Manana I would resign

Fikile Mbalula: If I was Mduduzi Manana I would resign

At a press conference on Tuesday, the police minister said Manana should not be protected regardless of his position.

Fikile Mbalula fumbles when questioned over Mduduzi Manana's assault case

Fikile Mbalula fumbles when questioned over Mduduzi Manana's assault case

Police minister says the matter is before the courts now and acknowledges GBH is a very serious charge.

LISTEN: A 'smaller nyana' mash-up of Bathabile Dlamini's most outrageous quotes

LISTEN: A 'smaller nyana' mash-up of Bathabile Dlamini's most outrageous quotes

ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini is no stranger to controversy and has made many head-scratching comments before.

Gender Commission wants Manana dismissed to send strong message

Gender Commission wants Manana dismissed to send strong message

The Commission for Gender Equality says dismissing Mduduzi Manana will send an unequivocal message to would-be perpetrators.

 No special treatment for Manana - law expert

No special treatment for Manana - law expert

Questions have been raised over whether the Deputy Higher Education Minister received preferential treatment after allegedly assaulting women.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Start your Christmas shopping off with a bang at these major retailers offering some impressive discounted sales for Black Friday.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

In 2001 Naspers invested $32 million in (then tiny) Tencent. Learn more about the wildly profitable Chinese behemoth...

Police hunt man who doled out drug-laced sweets to school kids

Police hunt man who doled out drug-laced sweets to school kids

60 children from three schools in south of Johannesburg were rushed to hospital after eating sweets handed out by a stranger.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?