Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has claimed President Cyril Ramaphosa allegedly abused his late ex-wife Nomazizi Mtshotshisa.
Malema made the claim during his response to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Tuesday.
He was responding to a question from African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo on whether or not he is abusing his wife, Mantoa Matlala-Malema.
‘Got information from Zuma’
The EFF leader said, “When I spoke here during the State of the Nation last year, I said anyone who has never beaten his wife in the past 25 years must raise his hand.
“And I said I can do that because I have no history of such things. I’ve never, not once, not my [ex-girlfriend], not my wife, not anything, I’ve never laid a hand on my wife.
“I asked that question precisely because I got information that the President used to beat his wife Nomazizi, the late wife of the President, may her soul rest in peace.”
Malema further claimed former President Jacob Zuma “confirmed” that the late Mtshotshisa used to complain to him about the matter.
Similar claim in 2017
Malema made a similar claim in August 2017 during an interview with Capricorn FM. He was at the time referring to a comment by ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini.
“Let me tell you why Bathabile [Dlamini] says there are worse people than Mduduzi Manana in the ANC. She is referring to Cyril Ramaphosa; they are saying he used to beat up his wife,” he claimed.
However, he appeared to refer to Ramaphosa’s first wife, Hope Ramaphosa, in that interview.
Hope Ramaphosa publicly denied the claims, adding, “I’m really, really amazed at what people can do to mess up someone else’s reputation who can be a very good leader for the country.”
Andile Ramaphosa also denied claims
Ramaphosa and Hope’s son Andile Ramaphosa also took to Twitter to immediately refute the claims.
He tweeted, “Let me put things straight…this is complete rubbish. In fact, it’s unfair on my family. What do do say to people that lie about your parents?”
In other tweets, he added, “Respectfully, this story is fake news. How would you feel if someone went around spreading lies about your parents? Totally unacceptable.
“Let me put things straight….this is pure fake news….one can appreciate politics etc, but when people start BS about your parents!”
Malema refused to withdraw his claims and opted to leave Parliament along with the rest of EFF MPs.
Ramaphosa and Mtshotshisa were married between 1991 and 1993. She had a successful corporate career, including being chairperson of Telkom board. She was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Bronze posthumously after her passing in 2008.