Zuma speaks out on Ramaphosa's shock Khwezi comments

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The office of the Presidency on Friday responded to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's comments that while he accepts President Jacob Zuma was acquitted of raping Khwezi, he would still believe her allegation.

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"I know how hard and painful it is to for a woman to garner up the courage and say yes I was raped".

"It must be one of the most hard decisions she has to make, so yes, I would believe her".

Ramaphosa was speaking at a townhall gathering hosted by Talk Radio 702 on Thursday evening.

Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC's leaders must unite the party at its elective conference next week.

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Ramaphosa mentioned the social grants bungle, which led to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) being reappointed to deliver the grants, as one of government's "missteps" that needs to be corrected. "We must know that business will always want to advance its own interests, but the ANC must refuse to be subjected to the interest of business that makes it deviate from its own policies because the ANC's policy are there to advance our people as a whole".

Asked about the recent accounting scandal at Steinhoff - which involved what Brown described as "Afrikaner robber barons" - Ramaphosa said the "fiddling" with their financials was "some of the most unacceptable things [he] encountered in the corporate sector".

"No!" a member of the audience yelled.

"In the end, it is the ANC that should deploy us".

"If, for instance I am not successful to become president, I will have to reflect on whether I should be deployed elsewhere or deployed in the same position", he said.

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