Maphatsoe has ‘somersaulted’ on Ramaphosa leadership


Karabo Ngoepe

JOHANNESBURG- uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA) members have accused their president Kebby Maphatsoe of ‘somersaulting’ on Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership following his victory in December.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, four members of the organisation claimed Maphatsoe started singing a different tune when Ramaphosa won, to safe guard his job and salary.

This was revealed when the members were questioned on their letter to the ANC over Ramaphosa’s credentials and rise to power within the ANC.

They wrote to the mother body questioning how Ramaphosa could ascend to the top position without meeting the set out requirements of eye of the needle.

“Kebby Maphatsoe is part of this letter. He edited the letter before we sent it,” MKMVA NEC member Nandi Rweqana told reporters.

“We wanted to send the letter before January 10 but that is when we started differing with Kebby because he started somersaulting. He said it should only be sent after the ANC Lekgotla.”

On Monday evening Maphatsoe released a statement distancing himself from the group and their planned press conference. However, the group was adamant that he only changed his tune when the results came out. MKMVA was supporting Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma heading to the conference and Maphatsoe led the charge against attacks on Ramaphosa.

“Kebby is part of this. He somersaulted after the results were known. He changed his tune maybe because he wants to keep his job,” said Sibusiso Radebe.

Rweqana added that Maphatsoe recently had a press briefing where he endorsed Ramaphosa’s leadership but none of the organisation’s members were consulted prior to it.

“His NEC and National Office Bearers were aware of that. None of us were consulted when he made the announcement,” she said.