I would believe her - Ramaphosa shocks on Khwezi's rape allegation against Zuma

South Africa's Jacob Zuma celebrates his acquittal on charges of rape outside Johannesburg's High Court in May 2006

Ramaphosa made the revelation during the 702Townhall discussion, hosted by Karima Brown, held on Thursday night in Johannesburg.

The Pretoria High Court ruled that President Zuma was "clearly conflicted" by outstanding allegations against him and should therefore not have been allowed to appoint the national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams.

When pressed on the rape allegations, Ramaphosa at first demurred before saying: "Yes, I would believe her". "It must be one of the most hard decisions that she has to make". "I'm a beneficiary of what the ANC has invested in me, what the trade unions have invested in me, what student Christian organisations have invested in me", Ramaphosa said.

In October, fellow presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu was asked a similar question by 702's Eusebius McKaiser.

Ramaphosa said he was concerned about vote-buying in the ANC.

Ramaphosa mentioned the social grants bungle, which led to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) being reappointed to deliver the grants, as one of government's "missteps" that needs to be corrected.

He said radical economic transformation was not equal to doing things for your friends and family.

Ramaphosa, who is the frontrunner in the race to be the next president of the ANC, said that while he took into account the outcome of the trial, he was in support of Khwezi.

"No!" a member of the audience yelled.

Speaking on state capture, Ramaphosa said, "The issue of political will becomes a lot easier when all of us are pointing in the same direction and people are not looking after their own interest". "The challenge that we face, particularly going into this conference, is how we are going to unite the ANC and how we will emerge out of this conference united".

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