- President Cyril Ramaphosa has pulled out of the Chairman's conversation after facing criticism from the public
- In a statement, the politician announced that he will be taking a stand for gender-based violence and bowing out of the highly anticipated interview
- This follows backlash after it emerged that Given Mkhari had previously faced assault charges pressed against him by his wife
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President Cyril Ramaphosa's interview with Given Mkhari was canceled at the eleventh hour after the politician opted out.
Despite a build-up that included a competition to win a seat at the event hosted by Power FM, Ramaphosa decided to cancel.
In a statement released by spokesperson Khusela Diko, the president shed some insight:
"President Ramaphosa firmly believes that he, like every other South African, has a responsibility to do everything within his means to confront gender-based violence, and to do nothing that undermines the effectiveness of the national effort."
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This follows an outcry over assault charges laid against station chairman Given Mkhari by his wife.
News24 reports that Mkhari's wife later withdrew the charges, but civil society groups Wise 4 Africa and the Soul City Institute nevertheless raised concerns.
However, Ramaphosa warned that his decision not to take part was in no way 'an endorsement of the untested allegations', but rather in the interest of citizens:
"The president calls upon all social partners to work together to develop concrete principles to give guidance in instances where gender-based violence is alleged outside of legal processes and the need for objective assessment of desirable action that should be taken."
Citizens had conflicting feelings about Ramaphosa pulling out at the eleventh hour, take a look at a few of them below:
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