African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his silence on what led to his premature departure from the ANC Women’s League event at Lebowakgomo Civic Centre in Limpopo on Thursday.
He left the centre just before delivering the Lillian Ngoyi Memorial Lecture, citing a lack of COVID-19 protocols.
Ramaphosa has just told the SABC News in Mokgopong that there was nothing sinister about his departure. He says there was a mutual agreement between him and the league that the event could not continue without observing COVID-19 protocols.
“Everybody agreed including the Women’s league that we hadn’t complied with the COVID-19 regulations. So, everything was well handled and I’m glad everybody, including the leadership agreed that we should not proceed,” Ramaphosa explains.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa breaks silence on departure from an ANC Women’s League event:
ANC Golf Day – Pule Mabe addresses the media on the walkout:
On Wednesday, Ramaphosa visited the BaPedi Kingdom with his Deputy David Mabuza. They also met with the traditional leaders in Polokwane; while the ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe visited the Vhavenda Royal Palace and ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile spent time at the Norman Mashabane Region.
The governing party is crisscrossing Limpopo ahead of its birthday celebration in Polokwane. What has become known as the January 8th Statement will be delivered by the ANC president at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
But the ANC has insisted that during the delivery of the January 8th Statement all COVID-19 protocols will be observed on Saturday.
The video below is reporting on the readiness of the ANC ahead of its Saturday celebration:
[Editor’s Note: Please note that this article was modified on Friday 7 January 2022]