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Ramaphosa insists he left ANCWL event due to flouting of Covid-19 protocols

Remarks are a rebuttal of rumours about security concerns

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa leaves the stage at the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre in Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo, unexpectedly on Thursday due to non-compliance with Covid-19 regulations.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa leaves the stage at the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre in Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo, unexpectedly on Thursday due to non-compliance with Covid-19 regulations.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

President Cyril Ramaphosa has insisted that he abruptly left an ANC Women's League (ANCWL) event on Thursday because it flouted Covid-19 regulations.

This is despite rumours that there was a security threat.

Speaking for the first time since the incident, Ramaphosa said he had to leave as the event did not comply with the regulations.

“Yesterday was the [issue of] Covid regulations non-compliance, so we had to stop and everybody agreed, including the leadership of ANCWL. So it was all agreed that they hadn't complied because we must comply with Covid regulations.

“So everything was well-handled and I'm rather glad that everybody, including the leadership, agreed that we should not proceed,” Ramaphosa said on Friday.

The president was whisked away abruptly by deputy minister for state security, Zizi Kodwa, just minutes before he was expected to address the Lilian Ngoyi memorial lecture in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo, on Thursday afternoon.

Rumours have abounded that his security has been beefed recently due to a series of events deemed to be a security concern. Among those are the alleged arson in parliament and the attack on the Constitutional Court building.

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