Intelligence services have again been embroiled in ANC succession politics, as the dirty tricks campaign against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa ramped up ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December. The campaign started in earnest two weeks ago, singling out Ramaphosa for spousal abuse — a claim denied by him and his former wife, Hope. Following this, personal e-mails from Ramaphosa’s address were leaked to the Sunday Independent newspaper, which pointed to several extra-marital affairs. Ramaphosa, one of the front runners to take over as ANC president from President Jacob Zuma at the December conference, conceded that he had one affair eight years ago. He told Business Day’s sister newspaper, the Sunday Times, that some of the e-mails were doctored to smear his name. He said the bulk of the alleged affairs were part of a political smear campaign aimed at stifling his bid to lead the ANC. The e-mails reportedly point to Ramaphosa providing financial assistance to a number o...

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