Jean-Jacques Cornish

Cyril Ramaphosa admits to an extramarital affair

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted to having had an extramarital affair.

However, he’s dismissed allegations that he dallied with a string of women as a dirty trick campaign to jeopardize his chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress.

Cyril Ramaphosa says an affair he had with a doctor in the north eastern province of Limpopo ended eight years ago.

In an interview with the Johannesburg Sunday Times, he says he and his wife have come terms with the matter and remain happily married.

The rival Sunday Independent says after Ramaphosa’s court bid to muzzle it failed, it’s able to claim it has details of alleged relations between Ramaphosa – who is married with children – and about eight women.

It releases  details of three this week and intends exposing information about the other alleged affairs in the future.

Ramaphosa describes claims made about his personal life as an episode that extends far beyond an attempt at political smear.

He says it’s an escalation of a dirty war against those who are working to restore the values, principles and integrity of the African National Congress and society.

Ramaphosa says he find suggestions that he paid money to women with whom he was supposedly in relationships to be deeply disturbing.

He maintains that he and his wife financially assist 54 students, both men and women.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.