[WATCH] Ramaphosa: I said I will never betray my comrades

President Cyril Ramaphosa replies to Sona debate in Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

Several politicians used this platform for personal attacks.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa says he was advised not to dignify some of the comments with a response, including what Lekota said. He says he has however decided to set the record straight.

Read: 'Lekota has two different stories about Ramaphosa 36 years apart'

This after Mosioua Lekota accused him of being a sell-out and betraying his comrades in the 1970s.

He is correct to say we were detained in some trial event in 1974. I was a student at the University of the North.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

During a march on a police station, Ramaphosa, a student leader, was arrested and taken to Pretoria.

I was in solitary confinement for a solid six months before anyone came to see me.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa says he refused to become a state witness against Lekota and others.

The security police wanted Ramaphosa to turn state witness give evidence and he refused.

He says he was then taken to Silverton Police Station

The police put pressure on his father, a policeman, but he still refused.

I said I will never become a state witness and I will never betray my comrades.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

In 1976 he was released and he says his journey then led him into the trade unions.

He says innuendos being thrown around by Malema and Lekota are "dangerous".

It’s really dangerous to throw these stories about selling out your own people. They did the same to Nelson Mandela. Walter Sisulu told me that you look at the character of your leader. That will tell you. Peddling stories like this kills people.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

It was OR Tambo who warned us 'Be careful of the wedge driver'.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mandela was also accused of being a sell-out.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

I have never been a spy, or worked against my people. Never.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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