[LISTEN] 'Lekota has two different stories about Ramaphosa 36 years apart'

Bongani Bingwa speaks to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi who defended President Cyril Ramaphosa against claims that he "sold out" anti-apartheid student activists in the 1970s.

This was after Cope leader Mosioua Lekota made the startling allegation in Parliament during the Sona debate on Wednesday.

Motsoaledi says he does not think there is any merit in a call for a commission of inquiry as requested by the EFF.

I really don't think so at all, because...there are two different stories made by the same man on the same topic 36 years apart...You can't tell two different stories about the same incident and both of them become true.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

He recalls when he was SRC president of 'at the black section' of University of Natal Medical School.

There were lots of guerillas and ANC activists who were out of the country and smuggled in, in our residence, and it would have been very dangerous to live with any person who is accused as a sell-out because they would be wiped out.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

He describes the stories at the time that troubled them and when people were released from Robben Island they were questioned.

Lekota was asked to clear or confirm the rumours then.

He says there is no such thing, it is the 'system' which is what we used to call security police at the time, trying to cause division among comrades.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

He says such rumours are very dangerous and can lead to people being killed.

Years later in 1991 Lekota supported the election of Ramaphosa as ANC secretary general, he says, so why is he now bringing this up now.

This is the season of elections and everyone latches onto things.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

Listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] 'Lekota has two different stories about Ramaphosa 36 years apart'


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