What caused Mosiuoa Lekota to lash out at President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, what caused him to make 'sell-out' accusations? Briefly.co.za takes a look at the circumstances that pushed the COPE leader to his boiling point.
During the State of the Nation debate in Parliament, COPE leader, Mosiuoa Lekota had given President Cyril Ramaphosa a piece of his mind.
Lekota had turned down the president's invitation to a 'trip', saying that the only trip he had wanted to go on with Cyril had been in 1974, when those engaged in the struggle had been sent to Robben Island.
Lekota claimed that Ramaphosa had sold his comrades out in favor of not serving time:
“The challenge we had to respond to was [at] that time, and you, with us in detention, when it was difficult. You wrote to the Special Branch [police] that we put communist ideas in your head. In doing so, you condemned us to the Special Branch. I say this to you because the Special Branch rewarded you … and they sent you home, and we headed to Robben Island."
The battle-worn Lekota had been cheered on by the Economic Freedom Fighters, with Julius Malema saying that he wished to offer his party's allocated time to finish his speech about the president selling out his brothers in arms.
City Press recently wrote that the EFF had mistaken the statement as an attack on Cyril, not pausing for a moment to consider that, despite the fact that Mosiuoa had actually gone through the torture and pain of serving time, Ramaphosa was president and he was not:
“We should have travelled together to the island to serve years for the struggle of our people. You made your choice then. I will not join you on your trip.”
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