Ramaphosa approaches court to stop newspaper from publishing a story about his personal life

2017-09-02 20:37
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has approached the South Gauteng High Court on Saturday evening in a bid to stop the Sunday Independent newspaper from publishing a story which makes claims about his personal life emanating from alleged private emails.

Ramaphosa on Saturday described claims made about his personal life as an “episode [that] extends far beyond an attempt at political smear”.

eNCA reported that Judge Bashier Vally had until 21:00 to make a ruling.

Sunday Independent editor Steve Motale was in court with bodyguards.

The newspaper apparently investigated claims that were made about Ramaphosa's personal life and include a list of questions ostensibly sent by the newspaper asking for clarity and confirmation on certain details about extra marital affairs.

“It represents an escalation of a dirty war against those who are working to restore the values, principles and integrity of the African National Congress and society,” the presidential hopeful said in response to a message doing the rounds on social media purporting to be correspondence directed to him the Sunday newspaper.

Read more here: Dirty war is escalating – Ramaphosa responds to ‘smear campaign’

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Tyrone Seale, said there was “no doubt” that the message was circulated as part of a “deliberate campaign to smear the person of the deputy president”.

 “They are a transparent attempt to distort personal email correspondence that could only have been obtained through criminal means,” he said.

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