President Cyril Ramaphosa received a standing ovation from the ANC as he insisted that he was never a spy and never sold his comrades out.
Ramaphosa was responding to claims which Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota made on Wednesday during his speech in the debate on Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday.Lekota claimed that when he was incarcerated with Ramaphosa and others in 1974, Ramaphosa was "rewarded" by apartheid's special branch after he wrote to them and said Lekota and the others put communist ideas in his head.
"In doing so, you condemned us, to the special branch," Lekota told a stony-faced Ramaphosa."I say this to you because the special branch rewarded you as they always reward their victims and they sent you home and we headed to Robben Island.
"#SONADebate day 2: Why Mosiuoa Lekota insisted to address RamaphosaAt the start of his speech, in commemoration of Valentine's Day, Ramaphosa promised roses for his wife and all female MPs and parliamentary officials, but warned DA chief whip John Steenhuisen not to expect any roses or candles from him. He also thanked everyone who participated in the debate.
"In many ways, this debate was a demonstration that although we may differ on many issues, and often differ very loudly, we share a common desire for a better South Africa," Ramaphosa said.