Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of being rewarded by the apartheid government's notorious special branch.Speaking in the debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday, Lekota recalled how he was incarcerated in the 1970s for his political activism.
He said Ramaphosa wrote to the Special Branch and said that they – Lekota and his cohorts – put communist ideas in his head. Ramaphosa was then rewarded for this.The president did not react as he spoke.
Lekota added that he decided to go down with his people. "I will stay with the people," he said, calmly. "I'm grateful you're a billionaire.
Keep your billions."Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi diverted from his speech and said that when he was the chairperson of the SRC of the University of Natal in the early 1980s, there were rumours that their comrade Ben Lango sold out.When Lekota was released from Robben Island, they bought a ticket for him to come and address them to confirm if they were sold out by any of their comrades.
Lekota told them there was no such thing and it was a smear campaign by the Boers to divide.