- Cyril Ramaphosa says his toughest moment as a leader was when he decided to break ranks with Jacob Zuma
- He did this after Jacob Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan
- Ramaphosa said he could have lost his job for going against Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa has said that while he was deputy-president he could have been fired for going against Jacob Zuma.
He said that his most difficult moment as a leader was when he decided to break away from Zuma in 2017 following the firing of Pravin Gordhan.
The president made the comments while speaking at an event in Sandton, which was initially advertised as a meeting with white South Africans before this description was retracted.
Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan after allegedly receiving an intelligence report which implicated Gordhan in activities against the state. Gordhan was then replaced with Malusi Gigaba.
Ramaphosa said that this reminded him of a time during the Mbeki presidency when an intelligence report claimed that he had had been plotting to oust Mbeki, according to Eyewitness News.
He also went on to mention another incident when he received a report which accused Gordhan of similar activities. Ramaphosa said that he believed report to be false, so he decided not to act on it. He described this as another one of his most challenging decisions as a leader.
At the event, Ramaphosa also spoke about corruption and the crisis at Eskom. He asked for patience as various commissions of inquiry conducted their investigations but said that they when they produced their findings, those found responsible for state capture should receive jail time.
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