ANC Youth League’s UJ branch said in a press release on Sunday that it would be marching to the Pretoria offices of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) tomorrow in condemnation of blessers and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for allegedly being a “blesser” to at least 8 young women.
“We have noted with disappointment the silence [of] SANAC, whose chairperson Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly has extra-marital affairs with no less than eight young women, many whom are university students,” the Youth League said in a press statement.
The practice is blamed for worsening the spread of AIDS. “Blessers are the biggest transporter of the disease,” said Lindokuhle Xulu, a member of the ANCYL. “[They want someone] who is not attached to rumors that ridicule the purpose of the organisation.”
The protest is partly aimed at forcing SANAC to have a bigger impact on South African society. “We want to make SANAC more accessible to the public, we are hoping that after the march the council will be as famous as AIDS,” said Ndiphiwe Madiba, the Secretary of ANCYL Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College branch at UJ APK.
Leaked emails in WeeklyXposé’s possession show that Reabetswe Matseleng Seakeco, a Cape Town University graduate, had an intimate relationship with Ramaphosa until she left the country in October last year.
In an email sent on the 22nd of August 2016 Seakeco wrote to Ramaphosa: “I’m running out of erotic memories of you, your voice and your… to ease the tension caused by your absence. We still haven’t had that meeting. It’s been long since I’ve heard you say Fa Papa, I’m aroused just now thinking of it.”
“I am not a blesser. My wife and I support 54 young people every month – 30 females and 24 males. We are transforming people’s lives,” Ramaphosa said in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Ramaphosa’s wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe, expressed her sadness about the allegations against her husband.
“It is very sad what is happening. It’s disappointing that people have to go to such lengths to discredit a person. I am very, very upset about it. We have been together for a very long time and are happily married. I support and respect him and I love him,” she told the Sunday Times.
SANAC and Cyril Ramaphosa were not available for comment.