Malema: Ramaphosa must come clean over offering ministerial position

Malema: Ramaphosa must come clean over offering ministerial position

Julius Malema has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to come clean over rumours that he had offered both the EFF leader and deputy, Floyd Shivambu, ministerial posts. Ramaphosa has denied offering the EFF heads positions when he came into power during 2018.

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Julius Malema wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to address claims that he offered both him and deputy Floyd Shivambu ministerial posts in 2018.

Last week the EFF leader claimed that the president had offered the positions during a meeting, where the pair had rejected the offer:

"I know Cyril for who he is, he is a negotiator, he was trying to take chances for the sake of peace perhaps in Parliament, but also for the liquidation of the EFF, because I've seen how they liquidated Azapo, I was there."

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The presidency responded to the claim through a statement issued by Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

In the statement it was made clear that the appointment of members of the national executive committee was the 'sole prerogative of the president' and that the office did not wish to engage in a 'public discussion'. Nevertheless, they did respond to Malema's claims:

"The utterances of the leader of the EFF claiming to have been offered a Cabinet position are utter fabrication, peddled for reasons known only to those who spread them."

In response to this, Malema took to the stage at the Tshela Thupa rally, denouncing that the office of the presidency had responded to his comments and not Ramaphosa himself, reports News24.

The EFF leader dared the president to personally deny his claim and to lie about the meeting as well as the offer made during it.

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