'I am not shocked, I am happy that Ramaphosa is revealing his true colours'

It was not out of the kindness of FW de Klerk’s heart, it was not because he felt sorry for Nelson Mandela, it was not because he was a kind-hearted man, it was because of the pressure and the struggles that the people of our country waged to enable Nelson Mandela to be released. It was your victory.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Speaking at the 30th anniversary of the release of former President Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster prison after spending 27 years in prison, President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was not the kindness of FW de Klerk that led to release of Mandela.

The statement by Ramaphosa sparked a debate on social media and callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show had mixed reactions to the statement.

I am not shocked, I am happy that the man is revealing his true colours. Guys like Ramaphoasa are those guys who wait for you to fail and they don't alert you and they come tomorrow and they claim victory. He is traitor and he waits for an opportunity and he is calculative.

Aubrey, Caller

I was very shocked by what the president said. I thought he was being populist there. I didn't expect that from a head of state.

Thabo, Caller

Some of the callers say they have lost respect for Ramaphosa.

I've had a lot of respect for Ramaphosa but this is not him speaking. He comes out as a considerate person. I am shocked, this is not him.

Marcel, Caller

I am finding the president that I always loved to be a coward, he is very weak. I loved this president but he slips every now and then.

Bongani, Caller

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